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Create colourful patterns from watercolour drips!

Materials Needed:

  • Cotton pads (makeup remover pads)
  • Water
  • Food colouring
  • Eye Droppers
  • Small cups

What to do:

  • First mix food colouring in a small cup of water.
  • Encourage children to use the eye droppers and squeeze the coloured water onto the cotton pad.
  • The coloured water will drip onto the cotton pads to create patterns.
  • Let it dry.

Hints and Tips:

  • Use a tray to hold spills.
  • Use liquid watercolours.
  • Try the same with paper towels, coffee filter paper.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Fine Motor Development Preschoolers 
    established hand preference
    manipulates small objects
    holds object between thumb and first two fingers

    Cognitive Development Preschoolers
    describes pictures in detail
    able to identify and name primary colours
    increased concentration
    understands positional words (middle, end)
    answers simple questions
    follows simple instructions
    identify and name secondary colours
    learns through observations and social interactions
    understands order and process

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play, Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Art and Craft
  • Games Categories: Art and Craft, Creative Play Games, Learning Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.

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