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Gravity Art

Combine science and art to demonstrate the force of gravity in a fun art project for kids. This STEAM-filled activity will have your child thinking creatively and becoming a problem solver.

What is STEAM?

STEAM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Art is the addition to the acronym that we have come to associate with the sciences and is an important part in the quest for creativity in problem-solving. Teaching children how to think creatively and learning to be problem solvers is how we can prepare our children for the future. No matter what unknown technologies, industries or careers lay ahead, creative problem solvers will be the innovators in their field.

With STEAM activities the final product of the activity is not as important as the process. Through the process of experimenting and exploring your child is using creative and critical thinking skills. Scientists, mathematicians, engineers and artists all use the same critical thinking skills to find new and innovative solutions.

Activity Challenge: Use the force of gravity to create a work of art.

Discuss with your child, “What is Gravity?”

Gravity is what keeps people and objects on the ground and causes objects to fall toward the Earth. Give examples (apple falling from tree, pencil falling from table, etc).



  • Washable Paint
  • Water
  • (medicine dropper) or Spoon
  • White foam board(or cardboard)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue (mixed with a little water)
  • Paint Brush
  • Permanent Marker

Step 1: Prep your work space with a drop cloth and an easel or support to hold your foam board.

Step 2: Mix your paint with a splash of water. You want to water down the paint so it can flow easily down the paper.

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Step 3: Drip the paint on the paper with a pipet (medicine dropper) or spoon.

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Step 4: Once your paper has dried, ask your child “what you can turn the drips into?”. You may wish to turn your painting upside down or on its side to spark an idea. Use your imagination to think creatively about what you see in the drips.

Step 5: Add color and creativity to turn your drips of paint into a work of art.

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Use collage techniques by painting with glue over tissue paper. You could also paint or add color with markers instead of creating a tissue paper collage.

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The addition of gravity turns a traditional art project upside down and gives children the opportunity to see the world and the process of art in a new light.

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