When it comes to fun fine motor art for kids, drip painting is a favorite. When the paper is set vertically, it creates a good position for wrist involvement, too. So it’s no surprise that this is an art activity that we do often with our preschoolers so that we can strengthen their wrists, hands, and fingers for writing. Drip painting is also a fun way to learn about color mixing as the different colors of paint mix together while dripping.
What you will need:
Pipettes (or clean medicine droppers)
Tempera paint (your choice of colors)
Some sort of easel to hold the paper vertically (scroll down to see what we used)
Setting it up:
Pour paint into individual cups. Thin a bit with water. Clip paper to easel and add pipettes.
What we used for easels:
We wanted 6 individual easels for our art table. We used acrylic page holders, attaching the paper with clothespins. What’s nice about these is that they are easy to wipe off when finished.
Place the pipette in the paint and squeeze to suck the paint into it. Take the paint-filled pipette to the paper on the easel and squeeze to release the paint. It might take young children a few times to get the hang of it, but once they do, they will want to keep on going!
Catching the drips:
We placed our easels on trays to catch the drips at the bottom.