We made spilt milk in preschool


The book titled “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” by Charles G. Shaw has always been one of my favorite books to share in preschool. Today, the children read the book then we made spilt milk pictures…

In one of our classes, the children used a bottle filled with white paint to make their pictures. The children simply squirted the paint onto the paper. I think the paint had been watered down a bit…

This proved to be a good exercise in learning how to control the flow of the liquid…

Some of the children did really well at controlling the flow of the paint and others ended up with puddles!

In another class, the children spooned their paint on the paper instead of squeezing it out of a bottle…

The paint used for this approach was a mix of glue and paint poured into a small cup…

Some children used their spoons to drip the paint strategically around their paper…

And others preferred to make a puddle of milk…

Both approaches offered great opportunities for exploring and managing the painting process…

Here is a simple song that I made up to go with this book…

The cloud up in the sky

Has a shape I recognize

It looks like a (bear) up in the air

Slowly drifting by!

Change the word bear to other shapes!

Check out this terrific Little Puffy Paint Cloud by Adventures in Mommy-Land!

See this recipe for spilt milk too at {Share and Remember}!


Books about Clouds


By |2010-11-27T06:00:28+00:00November 27th, 2010|

About the Author:

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. KM November 27, 2010 at 9:23 am - Reply

    What a fantastic idea!!!!! Hope your thanksgiving was marvelous! Xoxoxoxoox

  2. Giggles and Crayons December 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I had did this activity with my daughter a while back and I had felt the need to water down the paint but then I realized that was totally unnecessary 🙂 It would have been fine without it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Haha – we all are learning as we go along!

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