for Ages 3 years and up with Adult Participation and Supervision
"This spray painting with colored water craft is an exciting way for kids to practice using their fine motor skills while creating artwork they can proudly display on the refrigerator." ~AmandaMy kids adore any kind of painting craft and I like to keep it interesting by changing it up any way that I can. My 4 year old is fascinated with the water spray bottle I use for their hair; he runs off with it just about every day. You can imagine how excited he was when I told him that we would be doing a colored water painting craft using a spray bottle! We decided on the theme of animals that can be found underwater.
- Watercolor paper (or other thick paper)
- Kid-friendly blue paint
- Spray bottle
- Stickers (we used Sticker Collection Blue by Melissa & Doug)
- Child's art smock
15 minutes plus drying time
Cover the work area. We lined our table with freezer paper I already had on hand since water doesn't leak through it. I also placed newspaper around the edges to catch any of the paint sprays.
Make the kid-friendly spray paint by placing a small amount of water in the spray bottle & adding paint. Mix it together by shaking the bottle. The amount of paint needed will depend on the amount of water used as well as how vibrant you would like the color to be once sprayed.
- Have the child firmly place stickers on the paper. I gave my son the book of stickers and had him figure out which animals could be found in the water.
- Let the child spray paint over the entire surface of the paper. To help avoid puddles, make sure they are spraying at least a foot above their project.
- If you end up with big puddles, use paper towel and gently dab it.
- Set aside to dry.
I love the speckled look after it dries and how each of the stickers has a hint of blue on them making it seem like they really are underwater. This craft can be adapted for younger children or those not yet strong enough to squeeze the spray bottle by having them paint with watercolors instead. The may even be intrigued to find the paint slides right off the stickers! Depending on the type of paper used, the stickers can be pulled off to reveal a silhouette. Older children can get even more creative by drawing their own details inside the silhouettes.
Amanda, also known as @artsy_momma, is a mommy blogger who loves doing all things creative. She enjoys doing crafts with her children as well as mommy made DIY projects. You can follow them on their creative learning journey by heading over to their Crafts-N-Things for Children blog. Amanda's motto is to inspire & encourage imagination in others. She also has a passion for creating handprint and footprint art and you can find her blogging everything from keepsakes and home decor ideas to just for fun crafts.