Straw Paintings

iMagstn.gifAge: Preschool through elementary
Time: An hour or more
Type of activity: Arts and Crafts

Make a river of red or a swirl of blue. Your kids can create their own unique paintings without even picking up a paintbrush!

Materials needed:
· Paper
· Straws
· Water color or tempera paints
· Crayons or markers (optional)

What to do:

Step One: If your child is younger than five years old, ask her to practice blowing with the straws first.

Step Two: Add water to the paints to make them runny. Place large drops of paint on your child's paper.

Step Three: When your child now blows at the drops through the straw, the paint will run and make lovely rivers of color.

Step Four: Your child can repeat Steps 2 and 3 as many times as she likes. Then she can color the pictures with crayons or markers to add different textures.

Step Five: Add your child's name to the bottom of the picture and hang her painting prominently!

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