The best art projects for preschoolers are quick to set up and keep the kids’ attention for a LONG time! Bonus points if it’s also cheap and the results are gorgeous! These paper towel art projects are perfectly simple and lots of fun too.
Paper Towel Art – Supplies
- a roll of high quality paper towels
- liquid watercolors
- sturdy cups (for the liquid watercolors)
- shower curtain (optional, but recommended)
- construction paper or cardstock
Paper Towel Art is so Simple and Engaging!
First, cover the art table with a shower curtain. (Easy clean up!)
Next, layer absorbent paper towels all over the table. (Easy set up!)
Provide cups of liquid watercolors and little eye droppers.
Move the chairs out of the way so that the students can walk and reach and cover the whole table in color!
The effect is so cool – it looks like tie-dye! The students notice some color theory happening during the process when their paints drip together. They work cooperatively to share space and materials. Squeezing and releasing the droppers is excellent fine motor practice too.
This might be the EASIEST, most FUN group art project ever! When the paper towels are dry, tear them apart and let each child choose one to take home.
Glue the dried paper towel section to a piece of construction paper or 12×12 cardstock (scrapbook paper). Add a little note to the families so that they recognize all the learning that was involved. Print the notes HERE.
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Get out a roll of paper towels and enjoy the process with your students!
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Love this activity! We did some color mixing last week and we will have to continue our learning with some paper towels…good thing we have a ton! Thanks for sharing!
Jamie White, M.Ed.
Don't you love an activity that uses things that you have on hand? Enjoy!
This is brilliant! And so easy which i also like! This will be a definite activity of mine while the weather is still dry taking it outside means even less worry about the mess! Can i share your link please? Have loads of mummy friends that would love this!