Painting with acorns and an oatmeal container in preschool

A fan on my Facebook page recently shared how you can use an oatmeal container for marble painting and I thought this was such a clever idea. I had never thought of it before so we  decided to try it with acorns as part of our fall theme.

We started off by putting a piece of paper in the oatmeal container. Then added some red, orange, brown, and yellow paint and a handful of acorns.

Next we put on the lid, making sure it would stay on securely, and then “shake, shake, shake.”

And “roll, roll, roll.”

As much as the children enjoyed rolling and shaking the container, they were just as excited to take off the lid to see their painted paper.

Something that I noticed, which I haven’t noticed before, was that after removing the paintings from the oatmeal container, the children are now using descriptive language to tell me about their paintings…

This little girl said, “I made a fall tree with leaves all around.”

This little boy said, “My picture looks like a big sky.”

So cool!

For more directions on how to do oatmeal container painting click here!

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By |2010-10-14T02:33:17+00:00October 14th, 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. Stacy October 14, 2010 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Hi!! I just found you from another blog, and love the craft ideas!! Now following!!

  2. Stacie October 14, 2010 at 4:11 am - Reply

    This is great! I’ve been contemplating what to do with these acorns in the yard. I had thought about putting them in a box, rolling them back and forth, and painting that way — now I’ll have to give this a try!!


  3. twolittleseeds October 14, 2010 at 8:01 am - Reply


  4. Kara October 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    They came out great! We did acorn painting using a shoe box lid but next time we’ll try the oatmeal container- definitely more contained!

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      I liked the idea of using something different and hadn’t tried the oatmeal container before!

  5. Stacie October 14, 2010 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Hi, Deborah! I just gave your idea a try, but we adapted it for our “Rock” theme week! We had a blast – thanks for the idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      What a great idea to do this with rocks!

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