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2 Experiments with Paint
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.


Interesting things to try with paint.


1. Straw Painting

Drop a blob of paint on a sheet of paper. Blow at it through a straw. It will scatter into a strange shape. Drop a blob of a contrasting color on the paper. Blow at it and watch it mix with the other color. If you let the paint dry before adding a second color, you will get a different effect.

Straw painting illustration

2. Rorschach Painting

Fold a sheet of paper in half. Open and drop a blob of paint on one side. Close and smooth flat. Open. What do you see? What does your "painting" look like? Psychologists show paintings like these to people to find out what they are thinking. The pictures they show are called Rorschach tests after the man who invented them.

Rorschach painting illustration


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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