Keeping It Simple: Painting with Water

I plan. Materials are sourced. The stage has been set. The invitation to play has been accepted. Game on. A few short minutes after play commences, the phrase “What was I thinking?!” rambles repeatedly in my head or through my mouth, I know not because I’m consumed by the disaster of my planned activity.

Such scenarios are not rare. Somewhere along the line, I got too ambitious and concocted a play scenario that doesn’t meet my kids where they are at. My expectations crumble miserably into a gloomy heap.

I am humbly reminded yet again to keep it simple.

I’m sure painting with water is as old as time, but I first saw this over at Sassy’s Sanity. It is so easy and fun.

Materials to source: small bucket/cup; water; paint brush; outdoor pavement.

Set the stage for play: Fill the small bucket/cup with water and place a generous sized paint brush in the bucket/cup. Watch your children accept the invitation to play. Let the games begin!

You could vary the play by:

  • adding glitter, food colouring or paint into the water;
  • using chalk instead of a paintbrush;
  • drawing with dry chalk first then painting over it with water;
  • instead of painting on the pavement, paint on the fence or other surfaces in the garden.

You could extend the play by:

  • incorporating letters or words to paint;
  • counting items as you paint them;
  • having a race to see who can paint their designated area the fastest.

Or you could, as my sons did, turn it into a water fight.

Game on!

Kids can’t help their attraction to playing in water.  Here are some more fun and educational activities with water:


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Pauline LessonsLearntJournal is all about life with kids. On Lessons Learnt Journal you'll find activities for children: play, maths games, handwriting, reading as well as parenting confessions. Pauline is a Christian, Wife, Mother of 4, Primary School Teacher. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed. Most days you'll find her chasing her kids and that much needed nap.