Paint sticks are a fantastic way to enjoy painting, without the mess. The boys never get bored of making rainbows with them, so it’s always a good way to fill a spare 5 minutes.


  • Paint sticks
  • Coloured paper


Finn made his rainbow out of dots, whereas Ioan preferred smooth arches. They always find it interesting working on different coloured backgrounds as it changes the colour of the paint stick. Finn kept commenting that he could hardly see his yellow paint on the orange background.

They added some clouds and they were done. The best part was that there was no clean up, unlike ordinary paints.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 16 – Exploring and using media and materials:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.