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.
Discovering little rivers of colour running down your page.
Experimenting with how the colours mix and combine.
Of course we ran out of paint and space to dry our master pieces before we ran out of interest and enthusiasm!
For more information about why process oriented art is important for kids check out Childhood101’s ebook Art Not Craft – affilliate link.