Water Painting

A few weeks ago I found myself looking for a quick activity to keep Annabelle occupied while I made dinner.  Since I didn’t want to start setting up a full-blown-messy-craft, I decided to try Water Painting.

Water Painting is exactly what it sounds like…painting, but with water.  This summer Annabelle and her little cousins entertained themselves “painting” my aunt’s fence, à la The Karate Kid.  A bucket of water and some paint brushes was all it took to keep the three of them happily occupied. I thought the same idea might work, on a smaller scale, as an inside activity.

I let her pick what color paper she wanted to “paint” and then I filled her paint cup with water, gave her a brush and she was on her painting way…

She loved it.  And it kept her quite happy while I made dinner.

Like the Mess-Free Finger Painting I tried with her a few months ago, this was a a super neat craft.  Plus, it was a great way to teach her about water by examining what the paper looks (and feels) like when it’s wet and seeing what happens when the water dries.  (Spoiler: It disappears!)

Full disclosure, she did try to drink the “paint” a few times.

The verdict?  Water Painting is a neat, simple and fun little activity!

P.S. Looking for more kid friendly activities?  Check out these Annabelle-tested crafts:

Annabelle’s Handmade Thank You Notes

Making Rainbow Rice!

Mess-Free Finger Painting

A Birthday Present For Daddy (Finger Painting!)

A Father’s Day Present For Daddy (Handprint!)

Pumpkin Painting

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  1. so cute! it’s so funny that she tried to drink the water too! :-)

  2. I know! I kept asking, “Are you thirsty? Here’s your cup, you can drink this. The water in the paint cup is not for drinking, it’s just for painting.” Of course, she had zero interest in drinking from her actual drinking cup! :)

  3. How cute! I love this idea! Simple and practical, just what mamas need :)

  4. I just love how Annabelle smiles while she “works.” Such a sweetie! :)

  5. your munchkin is way too cute if you ask me….

  6. Very “neat” idea!

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