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Tie Dye Painting

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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Tie Dye Painting

This is an activity exploring color and color mixing. Learners use an eyedropper to place dots of thinned tempera paint onto a super-absorbent paper towel, noting how the colors spread out from the center. Use this activity to introduce early learners to primary and secondary colors. Discussion questions are included.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Eyedroppers
  • Super absorbent paper towels or coffee filters
  • Tempera paints
  • Water
  • Art trays


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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