How to Make an Art Slide

Ages: 6-8, 9-12
Location: Indoors
Skills: Social, Art

What you'll need:
Old slides
Clear contact paper
Petroleum jelly
Salt or sugar
Odds and ends: feathers, netting, lace, thread, colored cellophane
Food coloring
Slide projector and screen

Older children will have a ball creating unusual slide designs at a social event like a birthday party, club meeting, or any occasion. Let children take turns creating their own slides but keep the slide creation process confined to one area to avoid a widespread mess.

What to do:
1. Pop the film out of the slide frame.

2. Cut a 1 1/2" square of contact paper and stick it on one side of the frame.

3. Turn the frame over and spread petroleum jelly on the sticky side of the contact paper.

4. Add bits of salt, sugar, colored cellophane, and other materials. Use small amounts so that the slide is not too thick for a projector.

5. Add a small dot of food coloring.

6. Cover with another l l/2" square of contact paper.

Place the slides in a projector and project on a screen. The heat of the light melts the petroleum jelly, causing the picture to flow and create interesting designs in motion.

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