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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

exploration lab :: pendulum art

Pendulum painting has been on my list to do for such a long time. I am so glad that we finally did it - it was fun for everyone.

What you need:
empty plastic bottle with small spout
yarn or string
watered down tempera paint
butcher paper

Cut off the end of the bottle, poke four holes evenly around, and tie yarn on. Leave a good amount of yarn because you might want to hang the pendulum up somewhere high.

Where to hang? We are incredibly lucky to have a full sized geodesic dome that works great for projects like this, but a tree limb, ladder, or even chairs with a broom stick will work. 

Fill with paint and swing. 

This is where all the experimenting comes in. 

Thickness of paint, method of swing and height of bottle, all change the outcome. 

Plan to play, get messy and try different ideas. 

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  1. Great results, I like the ideas of what to hang the bottle on that you gave.

  2. Oh, yes! This is on my list of things to do, too. You made it look easy! Thanks for showing us what you did!

    1. It was so much easier than I thought it would be. Do it :)

  3. This looks my girls would love this :)

  4. This looks awesome. Bet my girls would love this. Thanks for sharing :)


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