Painting with Water

by Kelsey Norwood

in Kid Stuff,Making Over

We’ve been spending lots more time outside since the weather has warmed up, and without a fence, I have to keep a pretty close eye on my toddler. Basically, I’ve found that if I get him going on some outdoor activity, he forgets about running off toward the street.

outdoor activities for toddlers

One of our favorite things to do outside on a warm day is paint with water. An old, wide paintbrush and a bucket of water will keep my son busy and having fun for a good long time, and it’s a great way to incorporate art with being outside.

paint with water

We also like to bring a squirt bottle out with us. The spray makes a fun pattern on the sidewalk, and it’s good for cooling off too. If you have more than one child, squirt bottles are good water-war weapons.

The best part about summer is playing in the water and getting wet, and painting with water is a great warm weather activity for toddlers and preschoolers!


1 Annette W May 14, 2009 at 6:15 am

I love your idea!! Family frugal fun blog (link at my site) also has sidewalk paint to make!

2 Elena May 14, 2009 at 6:23 am

So simple, and, really, quite brilliant. I’ll pass the tip to those I know who have kids :)

3 Connie C. May 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

What a great idea!

4 Emilie May 14, 2009 at 9:45 am

You know, I ‘ve never thought of that but I bet both my boys would love it. They enjoy playing with water but it is much safer with a spray bottle versus the hose! Thanks for sharing!

5 Katrina May 14, 2009 at 10:51 am

This is such a great idea!! We live in a community that doesn’t allow fences and I’m constantly battling with my son to stay off the road. The best part is I already have everything I need– thanks for sharing!!

6 Baba May 14, 2009 at 11:12 am

What a great mom you are to do this with your child! Easy simple fun and it eases your mind too. I know keeping and eye on your child is sometimes hard, but you are right. If you keep them busy with activities like this which is basically free, your worries lesson quite a bit. Cool idea!

7 Micha B May 14, 2009 at 1:56 pm

my daughter and i do this all the time! it really is the best ever. no mess, no cleanup. l-o-v-e it.

8 Cristine May 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm

How simple, and I would have NEVER thought of it. Thanks so much for the great idea!!!

9 Kelsey May 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Another fun thing that my son loves is watching the water disappear – it’s like magic! Or spraying his back and laying down to see his outline. Kids can have so much fun with just plain water!

10 Brooke D. May 14, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Oh Kelsey what a great idea! We always use chalk or that side walk chalk paint (but that paint is messy)! Thank you so much for this idea! The idea above you wrote about getting their back wet and laying down to see their outline! How clever!

Thanks Kelsey!

11 JD May 15, 2009 at 6:20 am

What a great tip. Love those pictures. He looks like he is having so much fun. Thanks for sharing.


12 Katrina May 15, 2009 at 6:36 am

I was excited to try this so I did it with my son this morning haha. He loved it!

13 Vanessa May 17, 2009 at 6:46 am

Ok seriously how did I never think of this?!?! Just paint with water!! Thank you Thank you :)

14 Sue D May 18, 2009 at 10:06 am

Great idea–my granddaughter is coming over this weekend and you’ve given me an idea–she will love it!

15 kIMBERLY H ~CJ'S MOMMY May 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm

What a simple frugal idea! We don’t have any concrete around our house or sidewalks etc. but we do live on a highway.Thank god it’s country between two cities and we have a huge long front yard.My son would love the water bottle idea.He usually gets out the water hose but he could spray our poor dog with the bottle so that would really entertain him.She doesn’t go near the road so that’s good also.Thanks for the idea and you’ve got my mind turning now for more outside cheap fun.

16 Michelle May 18, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Fantastic, he looks like he’s having so much fun. We love to freeze little trinkets and sequins and things in different layers in water, then excavate on the sidewalk with squirt bottles and old toothbrushes. Hours of fun for next to nothing!

17 Tricia May 21, 2009 at 11:00 am

those are all household items I never thought to give him to play with like that. ANYThing to keep my 3 yrold out side and not in and out of the house complaining he needs this and that. a water bottle and a paint brush who would of thought and my 1 yr old can play too. thanks for the idea

18 Jess May 23, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Thanks so much for the idea. We tried it out today, and it held my 2-year-old’s interest for a record-setting amount of time!

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