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Absorption Art for Kids – Drip Art on Cotton Pad

This drip art activity is simple, colorful and fun to create. It requires no setup and its perfect for busy moms or a quick & fun activity on a playdate. Also a fun way for toddlers & preschoolers to learn about absorption.😀

What you need

  • Cotton pad (make up remover pads)
  • Water
  • Food color
  • Droppers

How to

  • Take water in a small cup and mix 2-3 drops of food color to it. (We used blue, green, red & purple)
  • Give the cotton pad and droppers to your kids.
  • Let them use the droppers to drip colored water on the cotton pads to create patterns on them. Use a tray to hold spills. 👍

Using droppers develops fine motor skills. If your kids are small to handle droppers you could use paint brushes. You can use liquid water colors instead of food color. I got the cotton pads from dollar store and they were really absorbent. Absorbs alot of water.. Like a lot.. Also the colors don’t mix. If you dripped some pink color on it and then some green, the green would displace the pink but will not mix. That creates beautiful patterns. Let it dry and use them for your art projects.

Miss A(3 yrs) was fascinated to use droppers. Shes getting a hold of them. Miss D(23 months) tried to use droppers, but it was more of dipping them in colors and then pressing them on the cotton pad. I really liked the beautiful patterns created. Unfortunately we couldn’t  save ours to let it dry. My LOs loved squeezing the fully soaked cotton pads and it dripped all brown. They loved playing with it – soaking it in the water and squeezing it out 😂😂. Luckily i clicked few pics before they started to play with it. Kept them busy for about half hour.

Our Masterpieces😀



    Hi!! Im Lavanya, stay at home mom of 3 & 2 yr old girls.. My LOs are very active and they need various activities to keep them busy and interested. A monotonous play bores them easily.. Hence, I've started to explore & create activities to keep them occupied - fun & some learning.. This blog is my maiden attempt where you can find simple crafts and learning activities for kids. If you like my page share it with your friends. Also tell me what you think in the comments. 😀 Thanks for stopping by!!

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