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Creating an Ink Blot Picture With Toddlers

Updated on November 4, 2017
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I have a degree in psychology, and I am a mom to two young sons. I love all things art, and I enjoy writing about my life experiences.

Here's a fun art project you can do with a toddler

Remember those ink blots that psychologists use to learn about people's personalities? Patients look at a series of pictures and, based on what they believe the pictures represent, the psychologist makes his or her assessment. Well, these pictures can be created very simply and are actually a lot of fun for kids to make! This is a fun project to do with your toddler.

Things you will need:

  • kids washable paint
  • painting palette, so you can control the amount of paint used
  • paintbrushes
  • large blank paper
  • paintings smocks for child and adult
  • creativity!

Step 1: Have child use their paintbrush to create dots or designs on both sides of the paper. Child can also use their hands and make handprints, use their fingers, do thumbprints, or whatever they choose. Using a variety of colors is best for a fun outcome!

Step 2: Once enough paint has been applied, fold paper in half, on top of itself.

Step 3: Next, have child press down and "squish" the paint underneath the paper. They love doing this! For some reason, it is so exciting to them!

Step 4: Help child peel paper back so that it is full size again, and watch a beautiful design emerge! At this point, you can always add more paint and repeat the process if you find blank white spaces or want to change the design.

Hope you enjoyed this fun and simple Kiddie Creation!


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      Nicole Kiddie Granath 2 years ago

      Denise, that's a great idea! I did not think of making a copy of the painting that way. Thanks so much for sharing that! I'll have to try that idea soon. Blessings to you, too :)

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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      Beautiful idea. You can also print a copy by pressing another piece of paper on it before it's dry. We used this idea to create flowers in a vase, making a different ink blot for each flower. Lots of fun.



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      Nicole Kiddie Granath 4 years ago

      Thanks Faith! Glad you liked it :)

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      Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

      What a great idea! I will have to remember this one :)