{Play} Pipet Painting

November 10, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

For Day 8 of the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge, we came up with this colorful pipet painting activity!  I would have called this “Dropper Painting,” but Grandma and Jane quickly corrected me that what we were using was a pipet, not a dropper.


  • baby food jars or clear cups
  • a pipet (otherwise known as a dropper)
  • paper towels
  • liquid food coloring
  • water

Step 1

Fill a few jars with about 8 drops of food coloring each and fill one jar with plain water.  You can leave at least on jar empty to encourage your toddler to make his own color combinations.

Step 2

Set up a paper towel on a flat surface.  We layered a few together.

Step 3

Let your toddler explore the water with the pipet.  I showed Jane how to suck up the water from the plain water jar and squeeze a drop into one of the jars with food coloring.  

Then I let her have a go by herself and she quickly figured out how to manipulate the dropper to make single drops and large squirts onto the paper towel.

This would be a great time for color exploration – either in the jars or on the paper towel.  Jane wanted all of her colors to be completely pristine and was offended when I asked if she wanted to drop the red water into the yellow water!  I stayed away after that and sure enough, she came up with her own masterpiece by mixing the colors on the paper towel instead of in the jars.  Of course.  That’s how it’s supposed to be done!

LEARN!  Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, colors

Happy Painting!

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