Roller pin painting in preschool

Gather up a roller pin, some bubble wrap, and bright colors of paint for this fun and colorful painting activity!

I noticed two different classes doing some roller pin painting today so I will show you both versions. Start by wrapping the bubble wrap around the rolling pin…

Tape it so it will stay in place. I noticed, after a little use, the bubble wrap starts to wiggle free!

In this class the children painted three different colors of paint on the wrapped rolling pin…

A little orange…

A little blue…

A little yellow…

Then the children rolled the painted rolling pin on a sheet of white paper…

You will notice that a few little construction paper fish were on the white paper. The children rolled over the fish too (the fish were used for another activity which I will post on another day).

The painted rolling pin left a colorful design on the paper! The fish were removed and set aside to dry…

In the classroom next door, the children used smaller rolling pins. This bubble wrap was starting to wiggle off the end after much use…

The children rolled the pins in paint first, then rolled the painted pins on their paper….

The rolling pins designed for the play dough center were wrapped with bubble wrap and dipped in blue, red, and green paint…

And these are the prints that were made!

I just love paint in preschool!!

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Be sure to see this post: Bubbles on Bubbles in Bubbles!


By |2010-08-22T10:00:37+00:00August 22nd, 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. Alicia August 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Fun! They look like corn on the cob to me, which gives me a whole other idea…. 🙂

  2. Grandma Lizzie August 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    This looks like so much fun. I think my 6th graders would love it too.

  3. Cara August 23, 2010 at 8:07 am - Reply

    We’ve used bubble wrap for printmaking, but it never would have occurred to me to put it on a rolling pin! That’s genius! Saving this post for future reference!

  4. Jennifer September 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    LOVE this! do have a question I have been looking for the trays you rolled the paint on (the ones like at fast food places) WHERE can you find them? I haven’t had any luck? HELP?!? We will be doing this next week as we recap ABC going to paint with actual corn too if we can find some.

    • Deborah J. Stewart September 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Jennifer – I will ask the teacher of this class where they got them from and let you know tomorrow!

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