Yesterday I shared with you how much fun we had creating rainbows with glue and salt, today, I’m sharing with you what happened after the rainbows were done. There was still water left in the containers, so the kids were not about to let the fun end! These drip art paintings were the result!

rainbow drip art fine motor process art activity for preschool

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Materials for the Rainbow Drip Art Activity

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Salt
  • Pipettes
  • Water
  • Food Coloring

You can get the instructions for mixing the water on the rainbow post from yesterday.

Be forewarned that this is a messy activity! Please do this outside or put a plastic tablecloth under your work area and stay away from furniture. Make sure the kids are in play clothes. Food coloring does stain.

To Create the Drip Art Paintings:

We put glue all over one sheet of card stock. Lots of glue.

drip art prep

Lay a second sheet of card stock on top of the first and rub them together.

drip art supplies

When you peel them apart (while they are still wet), they should both have glue spread on them.

salt on paper

Sprinkle the papers liberally with salt.

Using the droppers and the colored water randomly scatter color onto the salt and glue. If your kids are anything like mine, little (or big) drops of colored water will begin to form.

blue drip painting
drip painting masterpiece

After they have put a couple droppers of water onto the paper, gently lift the paper up so that the water will drip across the page. Then put it back down and add more water. Repeat until you run out of water!

One of my daughters got pretty wild with the amount of water she added to her page and then she picked up both sides of the page which resulted in a very quick reminder that when you mix a lot of colors together you end up with brown.

Color mixing art

The only reason this activity ended was because our containers ran out of water. Otherwise, the kids would have been very happy to keep creating!

All in all it was a fun afternoon!

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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