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Dipping, Soaking & Mixing

This is an activity that originally started with something else we were doing – dipping coffee filters into watercolors for colorful bird wings. It was over quickly, though, and the kids still wanted to play in the paints so I cut up paper towel squares I use (Bounty Essentials). They played in the paint for about 1/2 hour, dipping papers in the different colored liquid watercolors, mixing paints and watching the paper soak up the paint.
This activity wasn’t intended to be art – it was all about play, what interested the kids and discovery – but it would be such a waste to throw the colorful paper.  Some had already decided what kind of picture to make with the shapes. One made a house with the papers and drew shapes all around it but I didn’t get a picture of it.  After the squares dried, we made collages. The results were very colorful, full of texture and dimension.


Value of Both Product Art & Process Art in Early Childhood » Things to Share and Remember

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

[…] Painting, Bees Pollinate the Poppies, Icicle Drip Painting, Picnic Tablecloth painting, and Dipping, Soaking & Mixing. We take art outdoors even in the winter, paint outdoors on our easel and paint with sticks. […]

Amy A @ Child Central Station

Thursday 2nd of February 2012

Thanks for linking up to the We LOVE Paint linky party over at PreKandK Sharing!


Friday 17th of June 2011

It looks great, I must try it with my first graders! Thanks for sharing!


Friday 29th of April 2011

Very beautiful results! I love the simpleness!

Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl


Friday 29th of April 2011

This is one of the favorite things for our preschoolers to do - experiment with colour using food colouring or dyes on paper towel. Have you tried using eye droppers - they love it! Thanks for sharing :)