Tuesday, May 11, 2010

a doodle and trick for invisible ink

I gave each of the kids the exact same doodle to begin. They were simply instructed to "draw, using this."

Nature Man's became a crab, without a moment of hesitation. He just took off on it.

The Artist thought for a moment and started on a shark picture. I wouldn't have guessed this for her!

Dash transformed his doodle into a fire-breathing dragon on top of a castle. He wouldn't pose for an individual picture, but was more than happy to stand for a group shot. :-) Little Lad scribbled at the table the entire time, and wasn't interested in posing.

Second doodle:

I was just as impressed with these!

Nature Man's page became a picture of ferocious sabertooth tigers.
The Artist's page turned into "the perfect sunshade and hammock."

Next up on Fun Activities today: Invisible Ink!

We used milk, but you can also do it with other *substances.

The Q-tips didn't work nearly as well as a small tip paint brush.

Write (paint) a message onto the white paper.
Wait for the milk to dry so it becomes completely invisible. If much liquid is used, it can cause some warping of the paper. It helps if you have another "fake" message going the opposite direction.
When you are ready to read your secret message or show it to someone else, heat the paper by holding it close to a light bulb or iron. We used a candle today, which was fine the first time around. On the second try, I ended up sprinting to the sink with a flaming page.

Not. A. Good. Idea.

See, stupidity in action, below.

Milk is an organic substance that oxidizes and turns brown when heated. *Other substances which work in the same way include orange juice, honey, lemon juice, onion juice, vinegar, soda and wine...
and sweat, saliva, & urine, if you're in a fix.


Have fun!! We made some secret message cards for friends today. Of course, there's a warning label attached, stating that ADULTS need to do the heating... and that said adults should not put the paper over an open flame. ;-)


CatWay said...

Invisible ink is so cool. That doodle game looks fun as well. I can't wait until my kids are old enough for some of these things.

Jerri Dalrymple said...

Yay! I know what we are doing today and tomorrow! LOL Thanks for sharing!

Farmgirl Paints said...

I loved this post. My girls would think that was so fun...the invisible ink. And the doodle thing, so cool to see what they came up with. I'll have to remember that when we are at a restaurant. Don't ya just love the creativity in children:)

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Love the creations your doodles became, the minds of children are eternally fascinating :)

Thanks for linking up.

Just what are those Woods up to? said...

This is awesome! Your kids amaze me! And the milk thing is really cool too.

Raising a Happy Child said...

I am so impressed to see how your children transformed your doodles. They are not only creative, they are also really talented. Fun idea.

Bunch of Barrons said...

Wow! That is such a cool idea! :)