Polk-a-dots and straws in preschool

This week, the children explored making polk-a-dots with straws.

Red, yellow, and blue paint was set out along with a straw in each paint.

The children dipped the end of the straws into the paint.

Then pressed the painted end of the straw on the paper.

New colors were added to the page as desired.

The amount of paint that was on the end of the straw determined how solid the polk-a-dots would be.

A simple process that the children enjoyed.

I just love Polk-A-Dots!

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By |2010-07-13T07:00:28+00:00July 13th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Kristine July 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    I’m always trying to find different ways for my son to paint– he just turned 3.
    I guess he was a little bored with JUST doing the dots so he decided to draw a dinosaur and have it rain on him while turned the straw different ways. He had so much fun!

    Thanks for this great idea 🙂 We had fun. Afterward- he wanted to do a hand print collage painting.

  2. Clemencia July 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    If you love polka dots you’ll love this https://www.education.com/activity/article/Impressionist_Dot_Art/?cid=60.21
    I hope is o.k. to post the link, I’ve been saving it to make this project with my daughter 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 14, 2010 at 11:16 am - Reply

      I do love that – we did some artwork like that this summer. I took photos and will post them soon!

  3. meghan July 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    I am so doing this with my lil guy this weekend!

  4. Emiy July 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to say thanks for the great ideas. I tried this with my boys (https://ourlifeinpictures2008.blogspot.com/2010/07/rainbow-art.html) and they loved it, well at least the older one. Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog for more ideas.

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