Water shooters are an endless source of summer fun around our house. Whether we’re spraying water at each other, in the air, or all over the house, the kids are bound to have fun. Knowing that I thought it would be fun to use them for painting. Whoa, was I right! The kids LOVED painting with water shooters, and their creations were so neat.
Water Shooter Painting for Kids
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We used regular washable tempera paint for this activity. I thinned it with water, about 1 part paint to 2 parts water. Just experiment with the consistency you want. I’d say use less water if you are painting on paper or cardboard, and more water if you are painting on other objects–like shrubs or grass. If you have liquid watercolors, those might also work well.
We started by painting a large strip of paper that I had taped to the sidewalk. The kids experimented to see what happened when the sprayed the paint very fast and then again when they sprayed very slowly.
Even our toddler buddy had no trouble participating. He liked to see how the colors mixed on the paper. (If your toddler hasn’t used a water shooter before, you may want to practice a bit with water before starting to use the paint.)
When they were done painting on paper, the kids had some gorgeous abstract art.
We had some paint left when the kids were done painting the paper, so we used the rest to paint our shrubs and some of our grass. They were a bright colorful display until the sprinklers went on the next day. Do be sure to test a spot on your sidewalk or any other areas the might stain, just in case!
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