Construction Paper - in the color of preschooler’s choice. We steer away from dark colors like blue and black, because they don’t show paint well. Copy paper works in a pinch too, but be aware that under rigorous painting, liquid paint can seep through copy paper.
Optional - Paper weight or rocks - If you choose to do this activity outside on a breezy day, small rocks will help keep your papers in place.
Skilly Spark: What are these flat, rectangular things called? What do we use them for? Do you think we can use them to paint? Let’s begin by wadding them up and making them into a ball!
Show your little one how to wad up the paper towel so they can hold it like a ball in one hand, about 3 inches or less in size.
Next, show your preschooler how to dip the paper towel in paint.
Then, dab, press, or rub the paper towel on the paper. Talk about the interesting shapes they are creating with the wad of paper towel, how rubbing looks different than pressing and so on!
Encourage your little one to keep dipping and dabbing.
Then, try dipping another balled-up paper towel in the other color of paint. Now, try painting with the new color.
Take a moment to talk about how the two colors look together. Maybe some colors will mix and maybe some new shapes will appear!
Repeat the process until your child’s attention wanes. Then have a ball cleaning up together!
Keep the fun going
Once your child has mastered painting with paper towels, try painting with other kinds of everyday, strong and crushable materials. Other wad-and-paint friendly alternatives are aluminum foil, wax paper or parchment paper.
Two at a time! Ball up two paper towels, dip them both and then paint with both left and right hands.