Dip Dye Art Activity

Simple fun art idea that combines shapes and colour theory in one activity perfect for every aged child!

Looking for a fun easy art activity your family can do together? 

School holidays are upon us again and finding an activity that caters for children of mixed ages can be tricky but this simple colourful activity was one everyone will enjoy and has a certain amount of wonder built in to keep children of all ages engaged and experimenting. 

Easy to set-up with materials most people have at home and quick to clean up, dip dye painting combines maths and art perfectly in one colour filled art activity.  


Dip Dye Art - Easy to set-up with materials most people have at home and quick to clean up, dip dye painting combines maths and art perfectly in one colour filled art activity children of any age will love | you clever monkey


Most people have done drip painting onto paper towel using fine pipettes. My kids love it and it remains a great way to explore primary colours and how they make other colours.  


Dip Dye Art - Easy to set-up with materials most people have at home and quick to clean up, dip dye painting combines maths and art perfectly in one colour filled art activity children of any age will love | you clever monkey

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.




Dip Dye Art - Easy to set-up with materials most people have at home and quick to clean up, dip dye painting combines maths and art perfectly in one colour filled art activity children of any age will love | you clever monkey



Dip Dye Art - Easy to set-up with materials most people have at home and quick to clean up, dip dye painting combines maths and art perfectly in one colour filled art activity children of any age will love | you clever monkey

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.

Dip Dye Art - Easy to set-up with materials most people have at home and quick to clean up, dip dye painting combines maths and art perfectly in one colour filled art activity children of any age will love | you clever monkey

The wow moment comes when you unfold the paper towel and you see the new shapes and patterns formed by the paint because of the folds in the towel. Very kaleidoscope!



Dip Dye Art - Easy to set-up with materials most people have at home and quick to clean up, dip dye painting combines maths and art perfectly in one colour filled art activity children of any age will love | you clever monkey


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.


Dip Dye Art - Easy to set-up with materials most people have at home and quick to clean up, dip dye painting combines maths and art perfectly in one colour filled art activity children of any age will love | you clever monkey

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Dip Dye Art - Easy to set-up with materials most people have at home and quick to clean up, dip dye painting combines maths and art perfectly in one colour filled art activity children of any age will love | you clever monkey




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