This spray art activity for toddlers is one of the best spring or summertime crafts! It’s fairly easy and will keep your kids engaged for a while. I’ll show you how to set up your spray art station and different types of spray art you can encourage your kids to create!
And let’s be real, we’re all looking for the next entertaining project for our kids while we’re still stuck at home.
Take a look at what you need to create your own summertime spray art station as well as different ideas for your creations! Be sure to look at my tips along the way, so you can learn from my mistakes.
Spray Art Necessities
You can get a couple different kinds of spray bottles for your spray art. Ones with a push down to spray top or with a squeeze lever. I recommend the squeeze lever for younger kids since pushing down may be more challenging. For older preschoolers or kindergarteners, it may be a good idea to use a mixture of both to work on dexterity!
Grab some from the Dollar Store, grocery store or snag some of these from Amazon!
Poster Board or Paper
You’ll need a canvas for their art! While an actual canvas is not necessary, it would be lovely to create one for a special occasion. I recommend using white poster board or large white paper like for an easel. I’m using poster board in our images because it’s a little sturdier.
I recommend using whatever Washable Paint you have on hand! Make sure you have enough though. If you water it down too much, it becomes too runny and doesn’t really work.
You can also use Liquid Watercolor Paint for your paint base!
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How to Make Your Spray Paint
- Squeeze a decent amount of paint into your spray bottle. Tip: When you think you have enough, squeeze a little more.
- Add a little bit of water to your paint to water it down.
- Mix it up really well and test how it sprays.
- Continue adding water until you reach the desired consistency!
Yes, it’s as simple as that!
Tip: Remember to start with less water. You can add more as you go. Ours started out pretty watery and I had to make a lot of changes to get a better consistency. It still worked great, but I’ll be sure to make the next batch less watery!
Now Let’s Get Spraying!
Now that you have your washable spray paint made, let’s start creating some masterpieces! Here are a few ideas that we did, but let your (and your kids’) imagination run free when creating your spray bottle art.
Let your kids’ imaginations and creativity go wild! My daughter loves just spraying the different colors all over her canvas. Once she uses all of the colors, she’ll start combining them to see what colors they make. It’s a great opportunity to talk about color mixing with your younger kids.
Tip: Set your canvas up in different places. Try it on the ground and also try taped up to the fence or an easel! It’s fun to see how the paint settles when it’s in different positions.
Nature Spray Art
Have your kids walk around the block and pick up different pieces of nature that they find. Fallen leaves, branches, wild flowers and whatever else they see. Then lay them out over the page and spray all over! Once you remove the leaves, you’ll leave their silhouette like I did above!
Tip: The flatter the leaves and greenery is against the canvas, the better the shape will turn out!
Spray Art Silhouettes
Chose an image or letter to place on your canvas and then spray around it! You can use masking tape or painters tape to create designs or initials to spray over.
If you have a Cricut or Silhouette, you can use vinyl to cut out an image to use! Just place the sticker on your canvas and spray all around!
Water Gun Spraying
Spice things up a bit and fill up some water guns with the paint you made! Tape your paper up to the fence and let the kids squirt away! We haven’t gotten around to this one quite yet, but I think it’s going to happen the next day we get our blow up swimming pool out!
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Time to create your own Summertime Spray Art!
Now that you have a few ideas, let’s get you started! Search through your house, grab your supplies and get set up for a fun day to kick your kids’ boredom.
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