Some ideas take a little tweaking like this DIY paint stand

Once I get on a roll with something, I tend to get carried away and my latest obsession is building DIY stands for use around the classroom out of PVC pipes. However, some ideas take a little tweaking like this DIY paint stand.

We have been spending time talking about opposites which sparked the idea of creating a painting process that explored the concept of back and forth. I wanted it to be a cool process so I made this PVC stand and painted it.

The first day, I added paint brushes and watered down paint. Although the children found the process interesting, it really didn’t paint or drip all that well.

Not to be deterred, I switched out the brushes to water paint pens and made the strings a little bit longer. This worked much better…

Of course, I can use my DIY stand for other types of activities – I am just trying to figure out what they might be! If you have any ideas for what else I could use my DIY stand for I would love for you to leave them in the comment section below…

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By |2018-11-02T10:53:07+00:00October 2nd, 2017|

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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. Kellia Buter October 6, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    This is so neat! What about attaching different shaped objects to the strings to see what shapes or smears they create on the paper? You could also place a mirror under the PVC pipe in a discussion about reflection.

  2. Kellia Buter October 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Are those paint brush pens refillable? Or do you need to just buy new ones when they run out?

    • Deborah Stewart October 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      They run out!

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  4. Mary May 13, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I had a contraption similar to this many years ago. I placed it in the water table then I hooked baggies filled with water 3/4 way full and taped at the seal. I attached spring clips to the top of the stand and hooked the baggies to them. I gave the children a container of sharpened round pencils and then watched. All I told them was don’t let the baggies leak. The idea was to see if they could figure out what to do with the pencils. Some figured out that if they stabbed the bag, inserting the pencil through the bag but not all the way, the water wouldn’t leak. That child got 25 pencils in her bag! I’d never thought of attaching other things. Although, I do want to try making a pendulum stand that would hold a water bottle of some sort filled with thinned paint or sand to play with outside in the summer.

  5. Rebecca Enriquez August 12, 2018 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I clicked on the image because I thought it was a table top pendulum. You could totally use it to teach physics by adding some water bottles with a small hole in the cap filled with thinned paint. I did this on a larger scale by hooking rope onto a branch of a tree with the same type of water bottle attached to the end of the rope. (I also used it to explore with pulleys as well when I let the children pull the other side of the rope without the bottle). But as a pendulum, I had the children take turns swinging the bottle to explore with force and how it affects the amount of paint that comes out of the bottle. It makes a big mess, but it was a great activity. I put a very long strip of butcher paper on the ground to catch the paint, which also made some cool art.

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