Dip a Q-tip in food color or tempera paint and see the colors flow. Children (and grownups) can be quite creative painting with a Q-tip.
Benjamin likes to have one in each hand! Sara is fascinated by rolling a Q-tip! (With a different color on each end.) Shaun would like to rubber band a few different colored Q-tips together to make a “rainbow machine” (great for creating plaids and stripes). Several dipped in one color will stamp a bunch of grapes, a berry, or petals for a flower.
Some children prefer the short ones with cotton tips on both ends. Others think the long handled ones work best.
The three basic colors (yellow, red, blue) are all you need to start with. Let the children discover what new colors they can make when the lines and dots intersect. Dilute with water as needed.
Use medicine cups, lids, or other small containers to hold a selection of colors. Place them in a plastic container or on a tray. A Styrofoam egg carton also works well.
HINT: It only takes a very small amount of paint in each container. Plan on refilling containers - you'll have less mess from accidental spills.
Sturdy paper to paint on. Choose your color shape and size.
Paint on pre-cut paper shapes, or cut shapes out of a finished painting. Decorate a paper butterfly, an alligator or an Easter egg, Stamp the scales on a fish, or create the petals for a flower.
A decorated strip of paper can become a crown or a multicolored flowery garland.
Q-Tip paint a decorative border for the bulletin board.