Ketchup and mustard squeeze painting in preschool

Yesterday I shared about how we painted on the grill for our barbecue dramatic play day and today I want to show you our ketchup and mustard squeeze painting…

The mustard and ketchup bottles actually contain red and yellow paint…

The canvas is a large piece of currigated cardboard that I cut up into squares…

Squeeze painting tip

One suggestion I would like to make to those of you who are concerned about squeeze painting. Try squeeze painting on something like a paper plate. Choose 2 colors that will blend together to make another color like red+yellow=orange. Then let the children squeeze away. When you are finished, simply bend the plate and pour the back into a container for another day. You will have a new color and very little wasted paint. The colors left behind on the paper plate still make a nice design if you want to send something home…

Tristan had much more paint on his canvas so he tried tipping the paint from side to side to make the paint flow around the canvas. By the way, I didn’t water down the tempera paint…

Our finished ketchup and mustard squeeze paintings…

See this fun large group squeeze painting from Kreative Resources!

See these beautiful Squeeze Paintings from Little Running Teacher

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By |2011-07-16T06:30:41+00:00July 16th, 2011|

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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. Leeanne A July 16, 2011 at 6:48 am - Reply

    I love the idea of using colours that blend to save paint!
    Thanks for including us in your post! I found that some of the children couldn’t squeeze hard enough to waste too much paint anyway and the resulting look was perfect! It was loads of fun! Painting outside and on a washable surface is a must!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 16, 2011 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Yes, at first Wy could not squeeze very hard but he had gotten better at this so now we are working on controlling the flow but he just likes to squeeze!!

  2. Cheryl Golangco July 16, 2011 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Thanks for including my link. I love the idea of using ketchup and mustard bottles. Time to buy some now! haha 🙂

  3. Jill @ a mom with a lesson plan July 16, 2011 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Fun idea! I can’t wait to try it!

  4. mama roses July 17, 2011 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Oooohhh!! I can so well picture my son reveling in this activity. It has all the attractions (and the buzz words) for a preschooler!

  5. Debby Bruck July 17, 2011 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Looks delish! I’m sure they had a wonderful time. Where’s the finger-painting?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 17, 2011 at 3:34 am - Reply

      No finger painting this time:)

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