Free Parent Involvement Activity – Preschool – "Tinted Paper Towel Creations"

Creativity, Observation & Discovery, Motor Skills – Ages 3-5

Cut a paper towel into a simple shape (such as a kite, balloon, or flower) and place it in a shallow tray. Help your child squeeze three or four drops of food coloring onto the shape and then let her pour about 1/4 cup of water onto the tray.

Encourage her to gently rock the tray back and forth so that the paper towel shape becomes completely moistened. The food coloring will bleed across the shape, resulting in a pretty multi-hued creation. (Try pairing red and yellow food coloring to create orange; blue and yellow to create green; or red and blue to create purple.) Place the shape onto wax paper to dry.

If you wish, and if the shape calls for it, display it with some yarn or ribbon attached, or a construction paper stem, etc.

Caution: Always use non-toxic materials!

Source: Bright and Beyond, Smart & Simple Activities to do with your Child, Preschool, Ages 3-5. Available at
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