Make gorgeous drips and swirling designs by painting with straws. This is a wonderful preschool art activity, but fun for all ages.
Materials: Straw Blown Painting
- Watercolor paper or card stock — we used 8.5 x 11 card stock from the office supply store. A heavier weight paper will do a good job absorbing the paint and water.
- Liquid watercolors. We like to use Sax Concentrated Liquid Watercolors from Amazon. They’re washable and non-toxic.
- Eye droppers or pipettes. If you don’t have a pipette, you can forage your medicine cabinet for a medicine dropper.
- Tray to hold the paper. This keeps the paint from blowing all over the table
- Paper towels, sponge, or towels. Optional, but you won’t regret this insurance policy
Blow Painting Steps
- Set up a tray with a heavy sheet of paper
- Place a few bowls filled with a bit of liquid watercolors nearby. Place a pipette in or next to the watercolors.
- Invite your child to draw watercolor paint into the dropper and then squeeze it on the paper.
- With a straw, blow the paint around the paper.
Experiments and Extensions
- Once your child has had enough paint blowing, add a brush and invite him or her to paint
- Test regular narrow straws against fat milkshake straws. Which works better? Our favorite was the fat straw.
- After the paint blowings have dried, add another layer of paint blowings with different colors
- Fold in half and turn your paintings into cards. See 40 Homemade Cards that Kids can Make for ideas.
- Dip the end of a straw into tempera paint and then use it as a stamp. Watch Art Tips and Tricks: 5 Non-traditional Painting Tools to see this in action.