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Painting with Straws

ages 2-6


Washable paint, such as tempera paint; construction paper or regular paper; straw; apron

Activity Detail

Drop a couple of drops of paint onto a piece of paper, and give your child a straw to blow the paint with. Be sure that they just use the straw as a blower -- something to move the paint around with. Some kids like to put their straws directly into the paint. Kids love doing this, but be careful with their clothes. Things can get a bit messy. You can also add a second or third color. A fun project with this activity is to create a work of art that is coordinated to your child's bedroom colors. Your child will be so proud to see his or her art hanging on his wall.


beancuso said:

Talk about some of the science behind this project. Have your child blow on the paint without the straw. What happens? Why does using the straw work better? Do different thicknesses produce different artwork? (Think coffee stirrer straws). Can you only make a straight line or can you find ways to curve it? Your work of art is also a work of science!

- Posted on Jun 19, 2007

tlafontaine2 said:

This is a great alternative to finger painting or paint brushing.

- Posted on Jun 28, 2007

may.olson said:

Great activity for an outside patio get -together as well.

- Posted on Aug 30, 2007

ashleyoneill said:

My daughter did this at summer camp and had a ton of fun! We'll have to try it again at home.

- Posted on Mar 11, 2008

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