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Last year I wrote about teaching shapes in early childhood and how paper folding can be used to explore shape. We adapted that idea so instead of painting on the square shaped paper towel we folded it over and over on itself until it was a fraction of the original size before dipping a corner at a time into the paint.
The watery paint is quickly absorbed by the paper towel and where the colours meet, new colours form just as they do when you're drip painting.
Depending on how you fold your paper towel, different shapes and patterns appear which lead to much exploration. Make it all triangles or mix it up with some squares then triangles. Try bigger and smaller or concertina for a rainbow effect like my 8yr old did.
After using liquid water colours to start, we changed to water coloured with food colouring so you can easily do this activity at home yourself and the colours are just as vibrant as the paint versions but much cheaper as you will use a lot doing this art activity with more than one child.