Fun Arts & Crafts: Milk Painting

Homeschooling Science & Arts

Milk PaintingsThis is a super easy, fast and affordable art project to try with your little ones! The effect is fun for both kids and adults, the art is actually very pretty and we are saving our milk paintings to use in book covers later on. This is especially great as a starter project to get your little ones interested in creating their own art, as it is very fast for those short attention spans but makes enough of an impact that later on when they see you getting out your art supplies, they will be curious and want to see what kind of cool things they will be making this time 🙂

What You Will Need:

  • Baking pan, a pretty big one
  • Milk. Fat content isn’t too terribly important, though I have heard that full fat milk makes it more interesting than skim. I haven’t heard of this being tried with anything other than cow’s milk so please if you try this with goat’s milk, soy milk, rice milk or any other alternative, please leave a comment and let me know how it turns out!
  • Food coloring
  • Liquid soap, we used dish soap
  • Plain paper
  • Somewhere to hang your paintings to dry


Pour a layer of milk into your baking pan.

Have your little one drip food coloring onto the milk. They can play at pattern making if they are focused enough but not too much or the next effect won’t be as dramatic.

Have your kids remove their hands from the work space and watch as you drizzle a small amount of soap over the surface of the milk. The soap reacts with the fat in the milk, causing the milk to move and swirl “magically” on its own, mixing the colors in swirls and interesting patterns.

Lay a sheet of paper onto the milk so it soaks up the milk and colors a bit. The longer it stays there, the more color it will soak up, but the more fragile the paper will be as well, and harder to hang up.

I sat each sheet in the sink for a few minutes to drain before I hung it up to save my curtains, but that step isn’t necessary. Hang your paintings up to dry and admire the art with your little one, boosting their confidence in their creativity and encouraging their interest in creativity! 🙂

And the best part? It is easy to repeat, and always gets unique results! It is fast enough that even ADHD kids can focus easily to complete and it really gives them a big boost in self esteem to have their parents admire their artwork that they created so easily!


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