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As we do our informal tot school over the summer, I’ve been looking for different ways to get Squeaker engaged. It’s not something that I want to force with her because I want her to enjoy the summer. We’ve been spending a bit of time outside, but only when it’s not too humid or hot. Most of the time she’s content to just play in her little wading pool or we’ll head up to the park to go play in the splash pool. Yesterday though, we tried out something different. The end result? Easy watercolor painting for toddlers. She had fun with it and afterwards, we played with the hose.

Painting with toddlers doesn't have to be too messy. In fact, we had some simple fun outside and enjoyed watercolor painting for toddlers without making too much of a mess.

While you could most certainly does this indoors as well, we chose to go outside so we could get some fresh air and sunshine.

How to Make Watercolor Paint at Home

Supplies needed:

  • Food coloring (we used the basic colors)
  • Containers to hold your paint (any will do)
  • Water (plain old tap water)
  • Brushes (Squeaker is obsessed with my basting brushes but you can use any brushes that you like)
  • Cardstock
  • Towel (we used one of her bath towels and ended up with a bit of a tie dye pattern on the edges)

After mixing the colors (I used about five drops for each color- red, blue, yellow, green and then did purple with four drops each of red and blue), we went outside. I set the towel down on the deck first for her to have a softer spot to paint on.

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While she did do a few brushstrokes, she also enjoyed dripping the paint onto the cardstock.

And of course, her favorite part was playing with the hose when she was done.

Though I didn’t get a picture of it, after the paint dried it had a nice pastel hue to it. So definitely not the type for bold, vibrant colors. But, because it was just water and food coloring, it washed off very easily when she also decided to paint her legs and arms. If you are looking to make a paint that will keep longer, try adding a little bit of cornstarch or baking powder (not soda) to your mixture to make it thick. You can also try flour.

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Courtney @ Mommy & Her Men
8 years ago

It’s great to know that this washes off so easily! I tried Kool-Aid painting with Little Man recently and it did not come off quite so well. He loved the painting aspect, so I’ll have it try it your way!

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