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At the moment Donna is having a lovely time working as a relief assistant with Lauren Harris out at Jell’s Park Preschool in the city of Monash here in Melbourne.

This week they have been exploring the colour green and playing around with blue and yellow to produce different shades of green.

One of the activities this week has been pipette painting which was always a big hit with our own children when we were teaching in Croydon. (Instead of pipettes we often used eye droppers).

As well as making beautiful artwork and teaching the children about mixing 2 colours to make a new colour, pipttes and eye droppers are a terrific fine motor activity for the children …

encouraging fine motor muscle development in their hand and finger in preparation for learning good pencil grip and hand writing skills.

Something really interesting the children noticed while taking part in the activity was that when the yellow permanent felt pen was used to write names on the absorbent paper it resisted the dye.

Soon many children jumped on board and suddenly what began as a colour mixing opportunity …

was naturally extended by the children into a whole new learning experience  …

all initiated by the children’s interest!

Now you’ve got to love that!


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9 Responses to “pipette art”

  1. avatar Tom says:

    I like the discovery with the yellow permanent marker. Some of the best things happen by accident. Thanks for sharing.

    ::: We couldn’t agree more Tom. :) :)

  2. avatar Erin says:

    Wow. Only the yellow marker? They look really great!

    ::: In this case Erin it was just the yellow markers the children were fascinated with. It was the fluorescent quality of the yellow which attracted the children to it.

  3. avatar fatima says:

    What markers did u use there? any special brand or just normal felt markers?
    they look beautiful. And love the display idea of the pegs on the gauze.

    ::: Fatima they are permanent markers … same brand as in this link. http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Office-Supplies/Stationery/Markers/Permanent-Markers/GE107061 The display was simply the way we dried the pictures but I agree they did look awesome! :) :)

  4. avatar Priscilla says:

    What fun! What kind of paper did you use?

    ::: Paper towel Priscilla. If you use a good quality absorbent towel it won’t fall apart when it’s dripping wet making it easy to hang it out to dry. :) :)

  5. avatar Jen says:

    Where do you get pipettes or eye droppers from? I’ve had a look around our local shops and can’t find any!

    ::: Jen you can pick up pipettes and eye droppers from art suppliers like Zart Art or Bellbird and eye droppers are sometimes available from chemist’s too. :) :)


  6. I think it is so cool that that yellow marker has the same effect as a yellow crayon, in that it creates a resist. Very cool idea. thanks!

    ::: Very cool indeed … THANKS Carolyn! :) :)

  7. avatar Carys says:

    You can buy pipettes in bulk from ebay- i’ve just bought 100 for £3.70 for my reception class! I intend to try this lovely idea with them! Thanks.

    ::: Thanks for that Carys … 100 for 3.70 WOW. You’ve gotta love that! :) :)


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  9. avatar Debb says:

    Hi!
    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful art creation! I live in Canada, and the colours are inspiring me to keep summer alive and create with my 9 yr old and my kindergarten class when we return in September! I didn’t realize yellow was such a strong colour so this will be so much fun to see!
    Thanks again….look forward to more posts and ideas!
    Debb

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