This is a fun twist on the painting with a ziplock bag activity. The kids really enjoyed working with the straws and seeing the paint come through. They also had fun moving the paint around with their hands on the surface.
This is why I changed it. I wanted the straws to be flexible at the ends so the kids can use squirt bottles to fill the straws. I covered the paper and the straws on the paper again with clear contact paper. This is the mess free concept. The paint will stay inside the clear contact paper while the kids squirt through the straws.