Symmetrical Squish Painting


What you need:

  • 2 or 3 of: red, blue or yellow tempera paint

  • paper

  • waterproof placemat or table cloth/garbage bag

  • apron or painting clothes

  • damp cloth for cleaning hands




  1. Cover a surface with a large place mat or garbage bag

  2. Fold paper in half and place on table

  3. Have a damp cloth and cleaning supplies close by

  4. Have paint bottles close by




  1. “Today we are going to put some paint inside the paper and squish it.”

  2. Squeeze a small amount of paint on one side of the paper.  It’s best to put it in the middle of the page and near the fold.  Close the paper so the paint is inside.

  3. “Now, let’s squish the paint so we move it around.”

  4. Invite your child to squish the paint around.  When finished, carefully open the paper and notice what has happened with the colors.