Spray Paint Art

spraypaintart This is a great open-ended activity for developing motor skills and teaching color blending.


  • To teach about color blending
  • To develop fine motor skills

Before You Start: Gather your materials: spray bottles, several different colors of Liquid Watercolor™ and a large old white sheet you are no longer using. Cut the sheet in half and fill your spray bottles ahead of time. Hang the two halves of the sheet on a fence, approximately 1-1/2 feet above the ground.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Take children outside and show them the spray bottles with paint and the sheets you have placed on the fence. Explain how to spray the sheets (not each other).

Step 2. Demonstrate how to spray more than one color of paint on one of the sheets. Point to what is happening on the sheet, and talk about what happens when the colors blend together.

Step 3. Let the children have fun spraying the different colors on the sheets until all of the white space on the sheets has been covered.

Step 4. Allow to dry in the sun.

Step 5. Once dry, drape the sheets from the ceiling, make curtains, table cloths, or let the children use as capes or other props for dramatic play.

Furthermore: By hanging the sheets against something with a pattern, such as a chain link fence, and allowing it to dry there, it will create a pattern on the sheet when dry. You may also provide children with screens or sponges to use with the paint on the sheets.

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