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Father's Day Edition - DIY Thermochromic Cup

Surprise your dad with this colour-changing cup and explore with thermochromic pigment!

This experiment is included in "The Heat is On" art and science box. 

You'll need (from our crate):

  1. White ceramic cup 
  2. Thermochromic pigments 
  3. White acrylic paints
  4. Paintbrushes 
  5. Paint tubes

From home: 

  1. Working tray
  2. Glass cup (additional cup for experiment)
  3. Water cup and cloth (to clean your paintbrushes)

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Warning: Do not go too near to the thermochromic pigments. Avoid inhaling or consuming. Wash your hand when needed. 

Steps:

1. Pour some of the thermochromic pigment into the paint tubes accordingly. 

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2. Squeeze in some white acrylic paints. For a lighter-tone paint, squeeze more of the white acrylic paint or adjust when needed. 

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3. Use your paintbrushes to gently mix in the pigments and white paint together in each tub until they are evenly blended.

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4. Paint your design/text on. Write a love message to your dad. Apply the first layer and wait till it dries up completely. You may paint a second layer on for an opaque finishing. 

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**Adult involvement required for the next step.

5. Pour hot water into the cup and see how the colour changes. 

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6. Leave the cups to dry, and the colours will change back when it cools down completely. 

What a way to learn about the concept of heat and heat-sensitive paints!

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDgKJvSsvoQ





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