Popsicle watercolor paint for preschool

We are nearing the end of our school year so I have been taking a little time each day to review some of the basic concepts we have explored all year long through our play and creative experiences. This painting process was all about color and since popsicles come in all the best and brightest colors, they make wonderful watercolor paints!

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

Before I continue on, I want to apologize for not writing as regularly as I normally do. I find that my focus and energy has had to be a little more on my grandchildren and my own preschool right now and getting time to write has been hard to do. So this summer, I will be sharing many of the things we have done over the past few weeks and believe me, we have been super busy doing so many wonderful things. I look forward to sharing them with you. So for today, let’s talk about Popsicle paint…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

I probably have 150 photos of this process because the children spent so much time exploring the process so it is going to be tough for me to narrow down which photos to share with you in this one post.  To begin with, I purchased a couple of bags of popsicles and used them all throughout the classroom. I will share our other experiences over the next few days. I set the popsicles out on the art table with scissors, a paint tray, paper towels, and pipettes…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

Before painting with our popsicle watercolor paint, we opened a few and talked about how the popsicles smell. Of course they smell sweet and delicious which meant our artwork would have a sweet and delicious smell too…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

Then the children cut open the popsicles and poured the contents into our plastic container. The children had to think about which section of the container would be for which color and work together to make sure each color went into its own space. We had seven colors of popsicles: pink, green, purple, red, yellow, blue, and orange…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

Once the children had all the popsicle water color paint poured out and sorted by color, then they were ready to get painting. We used a good quality  brand of paper towels to paint on because popsicle watercolor paint is runny and the paper towels will absorb the water better and still highlight the beautiful colors of the paint…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

In our first round of using popsicle water color paint, the children just explored the process without drawing any lines on their paper towels. They used the pipettes to drip and blend colorful designs on their paper towel…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

On the second round (later in the afternoon), I invited the children to now draw a picture with a black permanent marker on the paper towel and use the popsicle water color paint to fill in the spaces and add color to their drawings…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

The drawings added a new dimension of creativity to the process of using our water color paint but both processes (with and without drawings) were beautiful in design and color…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

Each child’s drawing and water color painting experience was unique and absolutely beautiful…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

You may be wondering if the paint is sticky. I suppose it can be but we didn’t find our hands or paper towels to be sticky at all or if they were, it was very slight. We also found that the paint smelled great on the paper towel while it was still wet but once it dries, it has very little smell. Once our children finished their paintings, we set them out in our drying racks to dry over night. The next day, they were a nice stiff texture and the the color was still very bright and beautiful…

Popsicle Paint by Teach Preschool

Popsicle water color paint is such an amazing product to promote conversation about color, taste, and smell! Oh, and of course, I had to make a few of my own paintings because these paints are simply irresistible!…

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Stay tuned for more great ways to explore these bright and colorful popsicles!

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By |2014-05-15T06:00:29+00:00May 15th, 2014|

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. maria elena May 15, 2014 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Hello , I´m from Argentina and I love your page. I teach in a private school since 23 years ago .The schoolchild are 4 and 5 years old. We haven´t got much of the materials you show in your page , like the popsicle water color paint and other beatiful colours but you bring me a lot of ideas. I want to know if you have an spanish page because my english isn¨t good. Thank you very much for share a lot of nice things ! best wishes!!!!
    Maria Elena

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 16, 2014 at 12:51 am - Reply

      Hi Maria,
      Unfortunately, I do not have a Spanish page. I am so glad you have written me and enjoy the page.

  2. Maria May 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Adoro o seu trabalho. Os seu trabalho com as crianças é espectacular.
    Muito obrigado pela partilha.

  3. Laura May 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Oh my god this is so cute!! I adore all yours ideas aa want to try it for myself hahaha. I have a question the other day I was travelling by plane (4 hours travelling) and next to me was a baby who was arround 10-12 months. All the travel he was playing just with the ipad and mobile phone. Poor baby . What do you think that can be the best things to bring to a travel for a baby like that ? You can ask if you want in your fb page for have more ideas. Thank you very much, Laura 🙂

  4. Suzette June 6, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    Maria’s comment was in Portuguese. While I’m not a native Portuguese speaker, I know enough Spanish to roughly translate it:

    “I adore your work. Your work with children is spectacular. Thank you so much for sharing.”

    I heartily agree with her!

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