Time to put down the paint brushes and head outside. Painting with squirt guns is a fun way to create abstract art, inexpensively. There are many different variations of this activity.

Creative ideas include:

  • Give them a few guns full of paint and let them go crazy!
  • Cut out shapes or letters and tape them to the canvas. Once the paint is dry, remove the taped shapes.
  • Another fun idea is to tape off sections of the canvas with painters tape and repeat the same steps above.
  • Tape off their name (or beginning letter if their name is too long) and let them paint over it. Then remove the tape to reveal a fun piece of art of their name! If you have a Cricut machine, you could cut out their name in a cute font.

Supplies Needed

  • Cardstock, canvas, poster board, or whatever paper you have

  • Squirt guns

  • Water

  • Liquid watercolors

  • Ziplock bags

  • Tarp


  • Lay a tarp in the designated area you are going to be painting in.

  • Make any additions to your canvas you would like: names, letters, shapes, random, etc.

  • In a small Ziplock bag mix 50/50 water and paint. Once they are mixed together, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag to easily move the paint/water mixture from the Ziplock to the squirt gun. Add the paint to the squirt guns.

  • Next, begin the painting process. Allow the canvas to dry before moving it. If you add tape or shapes, wait for the paint to dry completely before removing.

  • Have fun creating.  😊