Who loves Dr. Seuss? We do! The Lorax is one of our most favorite books. My son has grown up in the birthplace of Dr. Seuss, so we are particularly excited about Read Across America every March. Our tie dyed coffee filter art is inspired by The Lorax written by Dr. Seuss. See how you easily you can combine simple science and art for easy to do STEAM!
Tie Dyed Coffee Filter Art for Dr. Seuss Science and STEAM
Pair your favorite Dr. Seuss books with cool science activities this month and every month! Take a look at a few more in the video below and visit the complete collection of Seuss science here.
Read Across America with The Lorax.
Pairing a book with an activity is always fun and can make the literacy experience even more meaningful to young children. My son isn’t a huge fan of the creative arts unless I can make it super fun and pretty quick.
Plus if I can add a little science too it, that’s a bonus. I planned a tie-dyed coffee filter art and science activity inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.
Coffee Filter Art Supplies
- Coffee Filters
- Washable Markers
- Spray Bottle and Water
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
MAKE TIE DYED COFFEE FILTER ART!
STEP 1: Color, scribble, or draw on coffee filters. I showed my son how to use the side of the marker to make thicker marks. This is a terrific fine motor activity and pre-writing activity for young kids. My son particularly loves to scribble.
STEP 2: Use the squirt bottle to spray the coffee filter art masterpiece with water. Make sure to thoroughly wet it down. Check out what’s happening. The colors are blending together as the coffee filter absorbs the water. The washable markers are affected by the water which causes the reaction and creates the tie dyed coffee filter!
STEP 3: Once thoroughly wet, pick it up and place it on a paper towel. Let your tie dyed coffee filter art dry.
Our tie dyed coffee filter art dried pretty quickly which is perfect for an impatient little boy.
QUICK AND SIMPLE SOLUBLE SCIENCE
Soluble vs. insoluble! If something is soluble that means it will dissolve in that liquid. The ink used in these washable markers dissolves in what? The water of course!
When you added drops of water to the designs on the paper, the ink should spread out and run along the paper with the water.
Note: Permanent markers do not dissolve in water but in alcohol. You can see this in action here with our tie dye sharpie cards.
How is our tie dyed coffee filter art inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax?
We made the planet Earth with blues and greens since the Lorax loves his environment and we do too. Also, we also made Truffla Trees because of course, the Lorax adores his beautiful and colorful trees.
What else can you do with these coffee filters? Stick one of your masterpieces in a frame and hang on the wall. Or you can add a clothespin through the middle and create a butterfly (also perfect for spring and Earth Day)
Lastly, you can turn them into a bouquet of flowers!
Simple art and literacy with a touch of science. I bet you can set this up today!