Art Smart

Squish Paint

Ideal for Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

A young girl with glasses focuses on painting. She's holding a brush, and is painting with blue paint

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Paint (tempera or acrylic)
  • Paintbrush
  • Optional: markers

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction for ages 2-3 years old, and independent play for children 4 years old and up.


  1. Fold paper in half, open for paint application.
  2. Apply paint to paper.
  3. Fold the paper in half and rub the surface of the closed paper.
  4. Unfold the paper and see what you’ve made!
  5. Optional: Return to painting once dry and embellish with markers.

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