Make blow painted ghost in this fun and creative painting activity for kids! It’s a unique way of painting ghosts this Halloween that your kids will enjoy!
Blow painting is a simple painting technique using straws and either watered down paint or liquid water colours. Your kids will love making designs and interesting shapes with a straw and their breath!
Blow Painting Tips
To help keep the mess down in this activity, I recommend either covering your entire table in a plastic table cloth or shower curtain or placing your child’s paper inside a tray.
Blowing painting for toddlers and preschoolers may be a challenge at first, so practice with them. You can make practice ghosts before hand or make several pages of ghosts! Practice blowing out using a straw in a bowl of water. Have then get down on the same level as the page so that they end up blowing the paint out across the page and not down into the page.
With this activity you don’t want to blow too hard but consistently in order to create the bottom shape of the ghost. But let them have fun with it and make unique and spooky looking ghosts!
If your little one continues to have issues try cutting the straw in half. Acknowledge, that this is a challenging painting method and if they get too frustrated to continue revisit the activity another day or after a walk or lunch.
Blow Painting With Littles
To dispense the paint on to the paper, I recommend using small pipettes or eye droppers or a syringe. The bigger the blob of paint, the larger the ghosts will be. Smaller blobs of paint will make smaller ghosts. Make different sized ghosts and experiment with the paint!
How to Do Blow Painting with Straws
- Fill a small bowl with white acrylic paint and a small amount of water. I used the eye droppers to add the water. Fill the eye dropper with water and add it to the paint. Mix it and see if its runny enough. Add more water if the paint is still too thick.
- Mix throughly until you have water downed paint. You don’t want it too watery but nor do you want it to be too thick so that it does not move.
- Use pipettes to draw up the white paint and dispense it on the paper in small or large blobs.
- Use a straw to blow the paint in one direction to make the bottom of the ghosts.
- Next turn the page around so that the rounded edge of the ghosts are on top.
- Finish with either googley eyes or black construction paper eyes and a black construction paper mouth!
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This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 2.5 years old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.
The mess level for this activity is medium.
Difficulty to Create
Colour recognition, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
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- White acrylic paint
- Cup or bowl
- Eye droppers or pippets
- Black construction paper
- Google eye
Books, TV Show & Play Kits!
Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids
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Engage your child in hours of play with my colorful collection of over 60 sensory bin activities, recipes and play projects that aid with memory formation, language development, problem-solving skills and more. Perfect for toddlers from eighteen months to three years old and beyond, each bin makes use of materials you already have at home and helps reignite your kids’ interest in toys long forgotten.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
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Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids
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Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
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TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.
The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids
Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.
Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!