Four unique and exciting ways to paint that kids will love


These painting activities for kids are perfect for summertime and rainy days! They can be done outside as it makes a mess or inside in a covered area.

Raise your hand if its your child’s first week home from summer break and you’ve heard the words “I’m bored.” My toddler and I have been stuck inside for a week because of the nonstop rain, and I really wanted to find something different to do for fun indoors. After searching for paint activities I got the idea to try out four different ways to paint, that were much more fun and unconventional than using a regular brush with paint. They all require a few minutes to prepare and set up, but provided us an entire morning of fun!

1- Painting with baking soda and vinegar
    You will need: Baking soda, vinegar, squirt bottle, water, food coloring, watercolor paper, and small cups for the paint.

  • Put a small amount of water into each cup
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup and stir until combined
  • Next add enough baking soda to each cup until it forms a paste
  • Add white vinegar to the spray bottle
  • Spoon a little of the paint/baking soda mixture on to the paper
  • Spray with the vinegar and watch them bubble up and spread over the page!





2- Painting with bubbles
     You will need: Bubbles, food coloring, watercolor paper, small cups for the paint.

  • Pour bubble mixture into each cup
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to each one and stir until combined
  • Dip your bubble wand in and blow bubbles onto the paper




3- Painting with ice
    You will need: Ice cube tray, water, food coloring, popsicle sticks, and watercolor paper

  • Add water and a few drops of food coloring to the ice trays
  • Place a popsicle stick (or whatever else you have at home) into each tray
  • Wait for them to freeze and use them as paint brushes on the page


4- Painting with squirt guns
You will need: Squirt guns, food coloring or liquid watercolors, watercolor paper, water

  • Fill each squirt gun with water
  • Add a few drops of food coloring or liquid watercolors to each and shake really well to combine
  • Hang paper in an area that can get messy. I placed the papers inside of a storage bin to contain the mess as we are stuck indoors. Outside is probably best because of overspray!
  • Spray all over the paper!


End Result of all 4 ways to paint:

Which technique was your favorite? Are there any new ways that we should try next time?


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