Painting with Dirt

Great for experiencing cause and effect (dirt into paint) and visual discrimination (dirt comes in different colors)!


Assorted colors of dirt collected with color variations in different ziplock bags

Rolling pin

Small cups


White liquid glue


White or black construction paper





1.Use rolling pin to break up dirt inside of the zipped bags into finely ground texture.

2.Add each color of dirt into a separate container and add a tablespoon of white glue and water until the mixture is the consistency of ketchup.

3.Cover the work area with newspaper.

4.Use brushes to paint with dirt paint.

Baby Oil Paintings

This activity is great for fine motor skills and vocabulary!


Q-tips swabs

Baby oil

Small cups


Construction paper in various colors



1.Cover work area with newspaper.

2.Place colored construction paper on newspaper.

3.Place an inch of baby oil in a small cup.

4.Using a Q-tip dipped into the baby oil, draw on the construction paper.

5.When completed, hang the drawing in a window. The area drawn with baby oil will be transparent.

Finger-Paint Prints

This activity is great for fine motor skills and sequencing skills!


White sheets of paper

Assorted colors of finger paint

Apron or old shirt


Cookie sheet or Styrofoam tray

Combs, q-tips, spatulas etc.



1.Cover work area with newspaper.

2.Place the cookie sheet or Styrofoam tray on the work surface.

3.Spread finger paint onto the surface of the cookie sheet or tray.

4.Make linear patterns in the paint with fingers, comb etc.

5.Place a white sheet of paper over top of the painted surface and gently rub.

6.Pull the paper up from the painted surface and set aside to dry.

7.Add another color of finger paint and repeat steps #3 & 4.

8.After the first color has dried, repeat step #5.

9.Leave the final print to dry when completed.

Jell-O Paintings

This activity is great for a multi-sensory experience and eye-hand coordination!


Assorted boxes of Jell-O

White liquid glue

White poster board





1. Cover work area with newspaper.

2. Place different colors of Jell-O into separate cups.

3. Do a scribble drawing using white liquid glue.

4. Before the glue dries, sprinkle a variety of the Jell-O powders using a spoon.

5. Watch the color of the powder become more vibrant. Talk about the change of the colors and the fragrances.