Looking for Summer activities for the kids? The kids LOVE water gun painting art project throughout the Summer.
There is something about water gun painting that screams Spring and Summer!
For those following along with us this Summer, we decided this was an electronic free Summer. Besides television at night we had to figure out how to occupy our time outside, with hands-on activities and crafts. While it was an adjustment at first, my kids haven’t even thought about asking for their tablets for months now.
In any case, with the disconnect of the electronics, we have taken to trying all kinds of projects for the kids, summer art ideas, craft and boredom buster including trying out water gun painting.
We had seen squirt gun painting maybe 5 years ago and had it on our Summer Bucket list for the last couple of years. When we past a three pack of water guns at the dollar store, my daughter asked if we could try it.
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What you need for the Squirt Gun Painting
- Canvas or Poster Board
- Water squirt guns
- Paint – Tempura or Acrylic (tempura is more washable)
- Vinyl Sheet (optional)
- Easel or Paint friendly place to paint
In terms of supplies, you can get everything at the dollar store. The only thing we ended up getting at Walmart was the thin canvases (which were only a few dollars more) but in the case you want to stick to the dollar store, in lieu of canvas, grab a thick poster board and cut in half giving you two paint surfaces. You can also consider watercolor paper.
For those questioning the quality of the water gun. I think this is up to you. We did not want to get paint in our higher end water guns and so we went with the dollar store water guns. They are simple and fun and worked great through out the rest of Summer.
Water Gun Painting Instructions
If you would like shapes on your painting, we used one sheet of vinyl. Turn it over and let the kids draw their favorite shapes. Cut out the shapes and then stick them onto the canvas.
Then its time to add the paint to the guns.
There are a few different ways to do this. We added the paint straight to the water gun and then added water and shook it up. You can also add the paint and water to plastic bag and then cut the corner and fill the gun that way.
Either way, try and eyeball one-third paint to two-third water.
TIP: In terms of setup, I recommend an outdoor easel. We have instructions on how to make an outdoor easel on the fence, or if you have an indoor easel, simply place a painting tarp down and bring it on out
Do not have an easel? That’s fine too. Use a thumb tack and pin your canvas or postboard it to a tree.
Once the paint has dried, then remove the stickers and
If you opt for having the stickers on your picture, then let the paint dry and then peel the stickers off.Summer fun at its finest! HAPPY SUMMER!
Some other fun Summer Activities You Might Enjoy
- Painted Alphabet Rock Magnets
- Boat Craft for Kids
- Color Scavenger Hunt for Kids
- Melty Bead Bowl
- DIY Silly Putty
- Ice Cream in A Bag
- Kids Play Teepee
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