Art work takes on a sensory aspect with Scratch ‘n Sniff Paint, this week’s Maker Monday activity.
The paint is scented and colored with Jell-O and thickened with glue to give a scratchable texture once the paint dries.
You can add food coloring to enhance the colors or to fool others with a scent they might not be expecting. Add a bit of yellow to blueberry, for example, and the green paint might look like lime, but still smells like blueberries.
You will want to use stiff paper — index cards or card stock — to hold the paint and prevent it from soaking through.
Various flavors of Jell-O powder mix
Index cards or cardstock
Food coloring (optional)
Draw your pictures on the index cards.
Mix 1 tablespoon glue with 1 teaspoon Jell-O powder and 1 teaspoon water.
Paint your drawing, daubing the paint thickly rather than using usual brushstrokes. Stir the paint with your brush as you go, keeping it well-mixed. Have a paper towel handy for any drips.
Once your painting is finished, allow time for it to dry completely. Then, give it a scratch to enjoy the fruity scents.
For more Maker Monday projects and other fun stuff for kids, visit the Kidsburgh Activities page.