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Paint with Droppers

Droppers and basters are gadgets that help us move small amounts of liquids.Using a dropper is a great way to practise fine motor control.

These activities are part of Science World's Big Science For Little Hands program. They were developed and tested with preschool and kindergarten educators.

Gadgets and Contraptions printable guide


  • Investigate everyday machines and gadgets.


  • Eye droppers of various sizes

  • Small and large basters

  • Paint (thinned slightly)

  • Large pieces of paper

Key Questions

  • What shape do the drips make on the paper?
  • How is it different if you use a smaller or larger dropper?

What To Do

  1. Show children how to use a dropper (it might be easier to start witha large dropper or baster).
  2. Invite them to make designs by dripping paint from the dropper onto the paper.


  • Put droppers or basters into a water table so children can experiment further.
  • Use droppers or basters to make water patterns on a sidewalk or to drip lightly coloured water onto snow.