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Spray Painting

Great for preschool, daycare, school age after school program or camp.

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3-12 years


  • Squirt guns or spray bottles
  • Paper
  • Easel
  • Clips
  • Liquid Watercolors
  • Smocks

Learning Outcomes

  • Cognition
  • Literacy
  • Social and Emotional

Activity Prep:

Step 1: Collect all materials.

Step 2: Bring your easel outside and attach paper with a clip.

Step 3: Have the children fill one or more squirt guns or spray bottles with their color(s) of choice.
Step 4: Make sure they each have a smock to protect their clothing from paint overspray.

Activity Instructions:

Introduce the activity with the following instructions::
“Today we are going to have fun with watercolors. First fill your squirt gun with your favorite color, then get started painting your paper with your squirt gun! Make sure to only spray in the direction of your paper. When yo


Ages 3-5:
Have the activity ready to go by prefilling the sprayers with different paint colors.

Ages 5 and up:
Let the children get creative by having them fill their own colors or allowing them access to several different colors to mix. As an extension, challenge them to create a picture of something, like a beach, a house, or something else of their choice. Have students describe their drawings to each other.  

**Can use food coloring, but it will not stick to the paper as well as water color paint.

Learning Questions

  1. How did you get the paint to go where you wanted it to go?
  2. What was difficult about using the sprayer to paint?
  3. Which color was your favorite and why?

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