Watercolor Spray Paintings

Watercolor Spray Paintings

Enjoy the warm weather this summer and encourage your children's creativity with the Watercolor Spray Painting activity. This exciting art project is sure to bring smiles to your children's faces as they personalize their unique masterpiece. The Watercolor Spray Painting activity keeps the mess of arts and crafts outside while allowing children to explore the limitless expressions of art.

What Are Watercolor Spray Paintings?

With just a few materials, the watercolor spray paintings activity is the perfect opportunity to bring arts and crafts to the outdoors. This activity not only offers a new environment for children to create in, but is also helps children develop fine motor skills, practice letter formation, learn about color mixing, be creative, and just have fun! Have your children practice writing their name before the activity and assist them in taping their names to their easels. Teach them about primary colors as you fill the spray bottles with watercolors and demonstrate the results of color mixing on the easel.

Why Are Arts & Crafts Important in Early Childhood Education?

Arts and crafts are an essential part of early childhood education. Through various activities children able to express themselves through art and connect it back to their learning. The Watercolor Spray Painting activity encourages children to take their fun outside and explore not only their surroundings, but important skills such as spelling and designing. Arts and crafts also encourages creativity and imagination. Taking arts and crafts outside only further expands these skills, giving children infinite space to think and create.

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 Watercolor Paintings

Required Materials

1 Set Up Outside Art Area

Set up an art area outside that has either several easels or an easel with multiple sides.

2Fill Spray Bottles

Fill spray bottles of various sizes with different colors of liquid watercolor paint. You may also want to label the bottles with what color they contain.

3Tape Designs on Watercolor Paper

Help children tape fun designs or their name/initials on the watercolor paper. If children are old enough, they can tape the design or letters by themselves.

4Spray Paint!

Take children outside to the art area you have set up. Give each child a turn at spray painting their pieces of watercolor paper. Encourage them to experiment with using the different colors and spray bottles. They can also experiment with how colors mix together on the paper and how their distance to the art easel affects what the paint looks like on the paper after it's sprayed.

5Remove The Tape

Let the paintings dry, and then help each child carefully remove the tape from his or her paper. Display children's spray bottle art in the classroom or send it home for them to hang up in their rooms.


Enjoy summer with this activity and more! Browse our Arts &Crafts page for more exciting activities to do with your children this season.