Once again I have a really cool activity from Teach Preschool’s website. This time it is M&M painting! Yes folks, you can paint with M&Ms. Yet another way to explore colors with young children. This is a great activity for those ‘stuck indoors’ days. What child does not love to paint? Here’s how you go about it.
- Bag of M&Ms (2 medium-sized did just fine for a class of 15)
- Plastic cups (you can use clear but it is not necessary)
- Paint brushes
- White construction paper (it shows up best on that color)—we used cardstock to try to prevent a lot of soak through.
- Small pitcher of water
- Have your kids sort the M&Ms by color first. In order to aid younger children in doing this, you could place each cup on a corresponding piece of color construction paper. This way they know which color M&M to put into each cup.
- After sorting, pour water into each cup of M&Ms making sure water just covers the M&Ms. This is a great science observation time where the kids could see how the coloring comes off of the M&M candy and colors the water.
- Once the water becomes soaked with color, now it’s time to paint! Children can now engage in painting with the colored water. It will be like watercolor painting!
- Creative representation
- Observation and discussion
- Sorting and matching
Books to go along with activity:
- Colors Everywhere by Tana Hoban
- Elmer by David McKee
- White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Barker
- Elmer’s New Friend by David McKee
- The M&M Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri McGrath