This past weekend we were invited to the Shawnee Mission Parents as Teachers Play and Learn event. They invited us to have a little booth set up, and share some of our favorite process-art activities for little ones! We had some great activities to share, but this one is my most favorite!
This is one of my all time favorite because it is so fun, always turns out beautifully, and kids of any age think it is the BEST! It is also super simple, and pretty inexpensive! All you need is a simple light colored fabric (old bed sheets, fabric scraps, and cheap drop cloths work great!), liquid watercolors (I love the watercolors from Discount School Supply) and some empty spray bottles!
I like to hang our fabric, and let the kids spray up against the vertical canvas. It provides a new perspective for them. It is best to do this activity outside, or somewhere that mess isn’t a problem. The watercolors are washable, but the spray can go everywhere.
We have done this activity many times, in multiple settings, with all age groups of kids, and it is always a success! You can get lighter colors by adding more water to the bottles of watercolor, or more rich vibrant colors if you keep the watercolors more saturated! When you are finished, you can use the dried art for a large collaborative canvas (another one of our favorite projects; blog post coming soon on this!), or wash the fabric and use again and again!