Remember last week we used the egg carton to sort buttons? This week I used the egg carton to hold some water.
I filled a few of the sections with water and gave Cora several paint brushes and a piece of paper. Cora painted the paper with the water. She love “painting” with water and after she grew tired of painting she happily splashed the water all over her tray.
This fun water painting activity bought me 20 minutes of bible time with the older kids. Clean up time, less than a minute. Definitely worth it and I’ll be doing it again.
Christie Jarvis says
LOVE it! You are reusing materials and letting the little ones do something fun while you work with the big ones. Thanks for sharing. I am passing this on to my readers!
Another fun water painting project is to have the toddler color the paper or a paper towel with water color markers. Then give them the water & paint brushes to paint. The marker colors blend together and make new colors.
Traci Best says
Brilliant! 😀 (She is growing up SO FAST!!)
Was it just water no color?
Yes, just water no color.
Roopa(Putti Amma) says
Love such simple ideas…
My daughter loves painting with water too, on chalkboard (the black board makes it easy for her to see what she paints).
Janeen B. says
This is an excellent idea! (found you through Facebook via a Homeschool Village post) I remember there being paint with water books back when I was little. I think I might get some of those to keep my little ones busy while I work with my older girl…of course, she may like them too!
I remember when I was small they had “magic” paper, it had muted colors on it, you just use a paint brush and water to bring out the colors. no mess whatso ever. and would give me joy for more than 20 minutes!
I just recently found your blog and i love it! My two favorite things that you do are the Homeschool Fun for Toddlers and the Commissary Coupon Match ups. 🙂 My littlest ones are a year apart so this morning having a moment while my one and two year old painted with water was awesome! Thanks!
Our Dollar Store sells paint with water books where the paint is already on the page. Sometimes on clearace they will mark the books down to 50 cents a book so I will stock up.
Randa @ Homeschool Roundup says
This works great with a dark colored sheet of construction paper too. The water shows up great!
You could add a drop or two of food coloring to the water to make actual colors, too. 🙂