Spray Paint for Toddlers

Before you recycle that empty spray bottle, here’s a fun activity which produces some neat art too!


We used some empty spray bottles, washed out thoroughly with warm water & peeled off the labels.


Minnie selected the paint, added it to the spray bottle along with some water, replaced the top & shook the bottle to mix. (We probably added a little too much water as some paint ran down the paper, so we’ll experiment with less next time.)



Minnie was ready to explore her spray paints, but to get her used to the action of the spray she first had a go with a water filled bottle & used it on the wall. My little graffiti artist set to work! Banksy watch out! ;o)


The water evaporated quickly on the wall as the sun & wind were fairly strong. Minnie thought this was hilarious, & it was great to introduce some science as she explored the water spray.

She did really well manipulating the spray pump, and was keen to use the paint filled bottles so we attached three large strips of paper to the outside of our house (these went all the way to the ground), Minnie collected her paint & off she went.





I was amazed at how well the spray paint worked & the effects it produced. Minnie experimented with spraying the paint close to the paper & then at a distance, & because she loves hand printing she just had to spray paint her hand & add it to the paper too!



Here are Minnie’s finished works of art, I’m thinking they would make great wrapping paper!



We even did some spray painting inside, & created some Easter Bunting!


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15 comments:

  1. Awesome! I did this on the snow---now we need to do this on paper!

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  2. Melissa -thank you, what a great idea to use them in the snow - brilliant!

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  3. I love this too - I'd been thinking of trying something similar and it obviously works really well. I shall definitely have a go at some point now. Thanks for adding it to Mini-Masterpieces!

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  4. I love that kind of craft with kiddos. Another fun thing I've done it put down a leaf or some other natural shape on the paper and spray around it, leaving a really nice silhouette. Thank you for linking up to my Marvelous Mess party!! Hope to see you next week!! http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com

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  5. My son would love this. I need to get him a spray bottle.

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  6. This is awesome! I am a new follower and I would love if you would link it up to my Made by Little Hands Monday Linky party!
    Thanks so much!
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  7. I'm now saving all my bottles so I can try this out too =]
    I'm a now your newest follower.
    Angelyn

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  8. Another great idea! Thanks for sharing! Little One LOVES using the spray bottles in our home, but I've never thought to add colour!

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  9. This looks like so much fun! I may go on a cleaning spree so that I can use up all of my bottles!!!

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  10. Wow! I remember doing this sort of spray paining at secondary school with tiny little tubes that were cut! This is fantastic & teachers will be able to send out a plea to parents for the bottles! Brill!

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  11. I have been drooling over this post all summer. I featured it on my blog http://www.myoatmealkisses.com/2011/08/weekly-wrap-up-outdoor-fun.html as an Outdoor Play Idea. Love love love it! Come by and grab a cute featured button!

    -Hugs! Kate

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  12. This is brilliant and such a good way to re-use bottles! Also, my son loves to spray water everywhere with the few I have around the house and it drives me nuts. He would love to be sanctioned to spray the bottles! We are doing this!

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  13. My grandchildren and I have enjoyed this activity .. we hang a white sheet (outside) use spray bottles, spray paint , and paint brushes.. craft paint, Fun for all ages and stages .

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  14. We did it on bubble bath and I really love how vibrant the colors are! The bubbles look so magical!

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