Paint with Tissue Paper Activity

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Updated on Jun 17, 2013

Just about anyone would enjoy tissue paper painting, but this activity has been cultivated particularly with special needs children in mind. This colorful project encourages the development of your child's attention span, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. She will be wowed by the beautiful blending of brightly colored tissue paper on her canvas, and will pride herself on her independence as she successfully creates a miniature masterpiece all by herself!

A quick word to the wise: use a plastic tablecloth or shower liner to protect the area your child is working in from spills.

What You Need:

  • Strips of colored tissue paper (2" x 5")
  • Large white construction paper
  • Water
  • 3 brushes of various sizes
  • Paper towels for clean up

What You Do:

  1. Place the sheet of construction paper on the table.
  2. Ask your child to lay strips of tissue paper onto white construction paper in any design that is to her liking. Encourage her to choose a particular color combination ahead of time, or just go with her gut and make it up as she goes along.
  3. When all the tissue paper has been placed in its desired position, invite your child to wet the brush and gently sweep it over the colored tissue.
  4. Now for the fun part! After all the tissue paper has been brushed, your child can carefully remove it from the construction paper. She will be surprised to see the colors remain on the paper.
  5. Let the project dry. The design is complete!

Look for other projects from the Block Institute designed especially for those with special needs.

Block Institute School provides programs and services to children with disabilities 3 to 8 years of age. For more information please visit our website at

Debbie Scaccio recently joined the Block Institute in Brooklyn, NY, teaching art and creating original artwork with adults and children with developmental disabilities. Debbie studied art and education at Brooklyn College.

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