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Make This Cute Germ Blow Painting Art With Straws

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This germ blow painting art is perfect for preschoolers when learning about sickness, the human body, and the immune system.

Today marks the first day of our new week-long series all about the human body.

To start out this new series, we’re going straight to germs and making them a little more kid-friendly with this cute and fun art activity.

This art project is so much fun for kids because they’re making the germ art by painting with straws! 

Read on below or watch the video to see how to make this art with your kids or students.

Cute Painting Idea For Kids 

Blow Paint Art Supplies

If you’re learning all about germs, you’ll love these free printable germ worksheets for kids to work on!

Germ Art Directions:

Pour your liquid watercolors into an art palette or paint cups. 

Use a paintbrush to add a small puddle of paint onto the paper.

Place the straw about an inch away form the puddle. Use the straw to blow the paint blobs around in all directions.

Try blowing down directly onto the puddle, blowing from the left and blowing from the right. See how many different shapes you can make with the watercolors.

Repeat this step with each of the colors.

Let the paint dry completely (ours took about 15 minutes; if you need these done quick, you can use a blowdryer as well).

Cut circles from the white paper and glue them onto the blow paint germs.

Use a black marker to draw the eyes onto the germs.

With the black marker, draw lines coming out from the center of each germ. Paint small circles at the ends of these lines with a coordinating paint color.

Glue the white paper onto a piece of colored construction paper to finish it off.

That’s all there is to it!

Now you can have fun at home making all sorts of germy artwork and best of all, there’s no need to worry about getting sick from these little germs!

Blow Art Painting Tips

We recommend you try this activity out yourself before you do it with your children or students.

It sounds a bit silly, but depending on the paper you use, the paint can be hard to spread around.

If you use paper that is too light, it will become wrinkled. If you use paper that has too much of a tooth (it’s thicker and has more texture to it) the paint gets really hard to blow around with the straws. 

We ended up using this art paper for kids but we just recommend trying what you have on hand first. 

Another thing you want to be considered is your liquid watercolor choice. Please, please be sure you buy a washable watercolor paint, like this one. 

This art project can get messy if kids use too much paint!

Once they start blowing the paint around you can be pretty sure some of it will fall off the side of the paper and onto whatever surface you’re working on.

To keep it clean, you can use a drop cloth on the table, do it outside or just make sure it’s a hard surface that you can clean up afterward. 

We’ve had zero problems with the liquid watercolors coming off of hands, tables, and clothes but it’s something to consider. 

More Human Body Unit Ideas

We’ve got lots of other resources that will help kids learn about germs and the human body! Check them out and see which will fit best with your children.

Germs vs. Soap is a book about the secret world of germs and their quest to take everyone’s “energy cupcakes” but only if soap doesn’t get in the way…otherwise it’s all down the drain for them.

Do Not Lick This Book is a fun way to teach kids about the microscopic world that lives on everyday objects!

For very young kids who don’t know what germs are, we recommend the book, Germs Aren’t For Sharing. It doesn’t go into great detail about germs, but it helps teach kids the basics and how to have good personal hygiene.

Teach kids more about the human body with these human body wooden puzzles. For a larger scale option, this felt human body is perfect! Put it up on the wall and let the kids explore!

Share With Us

Did you make this straw painting with your kids or students? We love seeing how your projects turn out, so don’t forget to stop by our Facebook page and post them to our wall.

We can’t wait to check out your masterpieces! 

Want More Fun & Easy Activities? Try this!

Germ Blow Painting Art With Straws

Germ Blow Painting Art With Straws

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Dry Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Kids will love to create this fun blow painting art with straws!

Materials

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Straws

Instructions

    1. Pour your liquid watercolors into an art palette or paint cups. 
    2. Use a paintbrush to add small blobs of paint onto the paper.
    3. Place the straw about an inch away form the puddle. Use the straw to blow the paint blobs around in all directions. Try blowing down directly onto the puddle, blowing from the left and blowing from the right. See how many different shapes you can make with the watercolors.
    4. Repeat this step with each of the colors.
    5. Let the paint dry completely.
    6. Cut circles from the white paper and glue them onto the blow paint germs.
    7. Use a black marker to draw the eyes onto the germs.
    8. With the black marker, draw lines coming out from the center of each germ. Paint small circles at the ends of these lines with a coordinating paint color.
    9. Glue the white paper onto a piece of colored construction paper to finish it off.

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