Spreading Paint with a Popsicle Stick

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Using paint, wax paper, popsicle sticks and more, students will explore different techniques for art expression.

By Lelis Kopatsaris [Lelis is an ECE teacher from Toronto, Ontario Canada]


  • To explore different techniques for art expression: The child will put liquid paint with the spoon on the sheet of construction paper, then he/she will cover it with transparent wax paper and spread the paint with the cutting edge of the popsicle stick.
  • To promote observational skill: The child will observe through the transparent wax paper how colors mixed when he/she spreads it with the cutting edge of the popsicle stick.
  • To practice language skill: The child will follow verbal directions and will interact with his/her classmates and teacher.

What You Need:

  • Sheet of nylon.
  • Sheets of construction paper.
  • Sheets of transparent wax paper or clear plastic.
  • Six small bowls of different liquid paint colors.
  • Six plastic teaspoons. ( for scooping paint from the bowls)
  • Two popsicle sicks.
  • Masking tape.

What You Do:

  1. Cover the table with nylon.
  2. Set up the table for two children at a time.
  3. Put the bowls with the paint on the table and one spoon in each bowl.
  4. Set up one sheet of construction paper in front of the child.
  5. Ask the child to take some paint from the bowl with the spoon and let it drop on the construction paper.
  6. Encourage the child to use different colors.
  7. Then tell the child to cover the art work with the wax paper and use masking tape to stick the edges of the wax paper against the table.
  8. Tell the child to press the cutting edge of the popsicle stick over the wax paper.
  9. When this is done, ask him/her to remove the wax paper and let the art work to dry. We can now throw the wax paper in the garbage.

* Note: If the liquid paint is too watery, mix it with flour and some sugar. The wax paper can be replaced with a transparent plastic bag.