Exploring Fall Colors in Paint

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Welcome to another week of Playful Preschool!!

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This weeks theme is FALL COLORS, also be sure to check at the bottom of this post for all the links to more ideas on this theme from my fabulous blogging friends who are also a part of this group!

I decided to go the art route this week by making some cornstarch paint and using it to decorate a rather dull back wall while offering the kids a learning opportunity and simply tons of fun!

how to make cornstarch paint

For this fall activity you will need:

  • Spray bottles
  • Chalk
  • Cornstarch paint (red, orange, yellow)

Cornstarch Paint Recipe:

  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of water
  • Food coloring of choice

Mix the cornstarch and water together with a whisk, separate into containers and add desired colors.

To get our orange cornstarch paint I mixed equal parts red and yellow to a 3rd spray bottle. To fill the spray bottles just under half way I doubled the cornstarch recipe.

This activity can be done on any outside wall (painted or not) as the cornstarch paint washes off very well. BUT when in doubt always try a small test section before doing the complete activity.

aiming the spray

To start this activity I drew a tree on the wall in chalk and lined up a bunch of ones on the lower branches in yellow chalk.

I then encouraged my 5 year old to aim for these ones and spray them! I then added red number 3’s and he did similar. My 2 year old had some orange O’s further down to aim at! This was a great motor practice for her as she really had to work to hold that spray bottle well and aim it!

For my 5 year old he did color recognition as well as a few counting numbers in the 3 main colors. Aiming the spray of the spray bottle was a bonus motor skill.spraying shapes

Spraying some red 3.learning numbers by color

Here he was admiring his handy work.leaves on a fall tree with paint

After a while our tree started to take shape!spray the wall

My 2 year old was drawn to a corner to watch her paint run down as she sprayed. a fall tree full of colorful cornstarch paint

Pin this idea for later and check out what our friends did this week!

Exploring Fall Colors in Paint

For More FALL COLOR Themed Preschool Activities from the PLAYful Preschool Education Team:

Join us tonight at 9:00 EST for a live Google Hangout where we share what activities we are doing for the fall color theme in our homes and classrooms.

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  1. I LOVE everything about this activity! My son would enjoy this very much. It’s great that it is so easy to make the paint with stuff we already have in the house. We are definitely doing this!

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