Easy Art For Kids – Dropper Painting

February 21, 2012

easy art for kids - dropper painting

We’ve done dropper painting before, a long time ago when the girls were little. Back then we used droppers saved from medicine bottles, but these days all our medication seems to come with a spoon not a dropper, so I splurged a few dollars on a set of plastic pipettes when we were at Riot Art and Craft the other day. I knew dropper painting was going to be a big hit will all three big kids.

What You Need

Eye droppers or pipettes – one for each colour.
Food dye, very watered down paint, or we used our marker paints.
A container for each colour of paint/dye.
Paper serviettes/napkins or coffee filter paper.
Something to put under your paper to catch the drips!

What to Do

The joy of this activity is that it is easy. There is no right or wrong way to do it, and it’s all about the process.

After showing my kids how the pipettes worked I left them to explore and experiment.

Watching how the paint is ‘sucked up’ by the paper and spread in circles.

easy art for kids dropper painting

Discovering little rivers of colour running down your page.

easy art for kids - dropper painting

Experimenting with how the colours mix and combine.

 easy art for kids dropper painting

Of course we ran out of paint and space to dry our master pieces before we ran out of interest and enthusiasm!

easy art for kids dropper painting

For more information about why process oriented art is important for kids check out Childhood101′s ebook Art Not Craft – affilliate link.

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Julia-Kuku Couture Invitations February 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

looks like so much fun :)


Heather @ Life, Gluten Free February 22, 2012 at 8:59 am

We recently tried out dropper painting too. I bought droppers and liquid watercolor paint from discountschoolsupply.com. We used it with watercolor paper, coffee filters (to make hearts for Valentines) and then we took the dropper painting idea outside one day when there was now on the ground and made snow art! It is lots of fun :)

I was just thinking the other day about how much fun I personally have doing all these “kid activities” !! Parents have it good. We get to be creative and have fun everyday with our kids. What a life right? :)


katef February 22, 2012 at 11:05 am

oooh dropper painting in the snow sounds awesome! Almost makes me wish it snowed here… though I really don’t like the cold!

And liquid water colours would be perfect for this… sadly I am having trouble finding anywhere to buy them in Australia.


Natalie October 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Edicol dye is what to look for. It is a powder that you mix with water. Lasts for ages as you only need the slightest amount.


Janice February 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Oh, I love this idea! We have been exploring colours with my youngest and this would be perfect, especially for mixing to make new ones! Thanks!


jenny February 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

This looks lots like what we did with lots of grown woman(textile artists) recently but we put the liquid pigment in spray bottles It was great and the finish amazing The children look as absorbed as we were.


Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam February 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I have been telling myself for over a year that I need to buy some droppers for art projects. Your kids looks so absorbed in the process and their works is beautiful, so I just need to go out and buy some. I wonder if they sell them at a drugstore.


maggy, red ted art February 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Looks so pretty and it is fun watching the ink “spread”.

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!



crystal@growingajeweledrose February 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

I just love this activity. Looks like the little ones loved it, and the product at the end is beautiful. Thanks for sharing with the Kids Co-op!


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