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?