Cakie understood what to do immediately and enjoyed dripping paint onto the paper then blowing it through the straw. She first of all tried to blow it holding the straw far from the paper, but found that frustrating as of course the paint didn’t move anywhere. When she came down really close and held the straw directly above or to the side of the paint, she found it moved more impressively.
We talked about making the paint-drops race across the paper, which added a really fun game element to the mix!
Pop was desperate to join in and at first I was hesitant to give her a straw as I was sure she would just use it to suck up the paint! But she’s not one to be left out, and amazingly, she did work out that the idea was to blow through it!
* Top tip from A Mom with a Lesson Plan: Cut a small hole near the top of the straw so that they can only blow and not suck up. Genius!*
She also came up with another idea, which was extremely effective, of using the straw to drag the paint and make marks and patterns with it!
Cakie loved this idea and copied her too, combining both techniques to create quite a beautiful piece of art work.
Here are some of the finished results.
Combining the dragging and blowing.
Pop’s finished masterpiece!
- Cutting the straws shorter helps as not so much effort has to be put into blowing!
- Cut a little hole near the top to stop them being able to suck up the paint
- Make sure the paint is just thin/ watery enough to be blown, otherwise it’s hard work
- Show your child how to pick up paint from the pot by dipping in the straw and holding their finger over the end as they transfer it to the paper, then removing their finger.
- If your child wants to suck up instead of blow air, try giving them toothpicks, cocktail sticks or a blunt pencil to just drag through the paint instead. The results will still be beautiful!
Creativity: Investigating a range of materials and combining them, exploring colour mixing
Science: Using air to make things move, investigating and experimenting with answering a challenge
Motor Skills: Hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, pincer grip
Cakie: 3 years 4 months
Pop: 21 months
I tried this once before but they didn’t get it…thanks for reminding me of it- I think it will be a big hit.
Stay @ Home Mummy says
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Thanks for the reminder of this activity. Sometimes the old favourites are just as good as new ideas!
Oh! Thanks for the reminder of this project! I had done it before as an arts and crafts teacher … but not yet with my kids! Great post!
Naomi @ Upcycled Creatively says
Beautiful results. I have done this with older chdn too and we stuck googly eyes on to the splodges to make monsters! Very funny! Great idea to make the straw shorter too.
Woodland Woolens says
oooooohhhhh just found your little blog and am in love!!!! lovelovelove!!! What could be more fun than painting with your sweet little ones? Cleanup?! just kidding, it looks quite fun I’ll have to try that with my little ones!
Samantha (Woodland Woolens)
Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan says
This looks like a perfect project for a lazy Saturday! PS try cutting a small hole at the top of the straw (they can blow but not suck!)
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Jill that’s a VERY helpful comment, thank you!
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Samantha- thank you SO much for such a lovely comment and so glad you have found us!
I would be worried that my youngest would just suck up the paint too. It is interesting to learn that she didn’t and got the hang of it quickly – smart little people aren’t they? I will definitely be giving this a go.
we found that the under threes almost always suck the paint up. In a bubble blowing paint you can poke holes in the straws so that they can only blow through the straw, suction is ruined. But in this style that you showed here a little suction seems necessary. I will give the other suggestions a try though.
De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire says
Hello! 🙂 Is there a sort of paper better to use for this technique?
One of my favorite projects…gorgeous!
Thanks for the reminder. I did this with my students when I taught, but completely forgot about it. My preschooler would love this!
Oh how lovely! So pretty.. and you totally “beat me to it”… so on my “to do list one day”. Yours came out beautifully and thanks for the tips! Wonder if mine will try and suck..!!
I love your daughters’ pictures. This activity iss always a great hit here as well 🙂
Thanks for the reminder. Small one is the perfect age for this – we’ll have a play this week!