Children learn through play and open-ended activities, it allows them the chance to explore the world around them, ask questions, and see how things work. Process art emphasizes the doing of the activity, not the final product. It fits in with how children learn because it allows them room to be themselves, make their own decisions, and just create!
Even if you shy away from messy indoor activities, you can give your children the opportunity to try some messy fun outdoors. This inexpensive squirt gun painting activity is perfect for children of all ages! It’s not too messy, and it teaches young children about color mixing while strengthening their hand muscles.
Materials needed for squirt gun painting:
- Roll of paper
- Squirt guns
- Masking tape
- Apron or old shirt to protect clothing
Time to play!
1. Arrange the easel in the yard, unroll the paper, cut some out, and tape it on each side
2. Encourage your children to help fill the squirt guns with 75% paint and 25% water. Don’t forget to encourage them to wear aprons to protect their clothes
3. Set the squirt guns down, invite your kids over, sit back, and watch your children enjoy endless hours of art!
Tip: No Easel? That’s okay! Use a thumbtack to secure the paper to a tree.
The boys spent the entire afternoon creating independently with this super easy art activity that required very little cleanup and minimal direction. The paintings were bright, unique, and absolutely beautiful.
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