A fun and easy outdoor activity that my daughter loved this summer was painting with spray bottles. It doesn’t require much set up and clean up is a breeze. This was a nice change from the regular-sized painting projects we’ve done, such as the salt and watercolour painting and ice cube painting.
Spray art painting is also a great way for kids to discover a new painting tool and the chance to work with a large canvas – if you have a kiddo, you know that variation is key!
You will need:
- Large sheets of paper (Regular sized works too, you’ll just need to change them more frequently)
- Spray bottles (I got mine from the dollar store)
- Washable paint (I used Crayola’s fingerpaint, but you can also use liquid watercolour or washable tempera paint.)
Unless you’re using watercolour, you’ll need to water down the paint thin enough so it doesn’t clog up your spray bottle nozzle. For the ‘canvas’, I taped a large piece of paper at the back of our house since I wanted to show Peanut the combination of paint and gravity.
Peanut didn’t really know how the spray bottle worked at first, but figured it out quickly. It was interesting to see her spraying paint from different vantage points and layering different colours. When she noticed that paint was dripping and started to pool at the bottom, she insisted on cleaning it up – made my clean up easier so I didn’t complain!
Peanut had so much fun that I had to make more paint for her. Needless to say, this art project was a great success! I can’t wait to see her discovering more ways to play with spray bottles when next summer comes around. Until then, time to come up with more DIY activities, just in case this COVID-19 pandemic still hangs around…
Thanks for reading et à la prochaine!