Create some beautiful artwork with kids by blowing paint across the paper using a straw. Preschoolers and older children will enjoy the abstract results of this straw painting project.
This is one of those classic activities I used when I was teaching and I was excited to try it with the boys. It is a very simple technique that encourages some exploration! For example, we discovered that using a short straw did not work as well as using a longer straw.
*Want to see straw painting in action?* Click the link to watch this super quick video.
Eli (4-years-old) caught onto straw painting quickly. I was really impressed with how long this activity captivated his attention! He is usually “finished” with whatever activity we start pretty quickly. ;)
And of course, like most of what we do around here, Little E (2-years-old) just had to try as well. He had a pretty good grasp on the project (with the exception of the extra spit splatters!) and he just kept referring to his artwork as a “mess.” :) He also enjoyed just dipping the straw and dragging the paint.
- We had better luck with a longer straw. With a shorter straw, we ended up with a little paint on the lips and fingers.
- The thicker paint did not spread as well as the paint that was just thin enough to be blown a bit more.
- If you cut a little hole near the top of the straw, they won’t be able to suck up the paint.
What’s one of your child’s favorite art projects? What other items have you tried as an alternative to a regular paint brush?