Blowing Paint with Straws

The girls had fun experimenting with straws to blow paint the other day. This process is an easy activity that is very exciting for children. They love seeing their paint splatter across the paper!


This technique can be used to create a variety of outcomes such as branches, trees, hair, or just an abstract design. Scroll below to see the materials and process.

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We started by using pipettes to drop some paint onto our paper. You will want to use some kind of watercolor paper or a heavy weight art paper so the paint doesn’t absorb before you can blow it.


We then used straws to blow the paint in different directions. We turned our papers to blow it in the direction we wanted. I would recommend using a shorter straw but the girls insisted on using these big ones!


They loved dropping the paint and popping the bubbles with their fingers!


Can you tell that Lila LOVED this process!


And Willa turned this into a finger painting activity! Sigh…oh well…I have to remind myself that it is the process rather than product with this 2 year old!


See how we used this blowing technique for these fingerprint trees!


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