When I planned my son’s recent birthday party I wanted a really fun activity that kids of all ages would enjoy since we had kids ages 8-14 attending. I considered water balloon painting but I didn’t want to spend the time filling all of those balloons. Sticking with our water theme for our shark party, and since we knew we wanted to have squirt guns for our water fights, we landed on the idea of squirt gun painting.
Oriental Trading kindly provided us with much of what we needed as a part of our review and the rest of the supplies we had on hand.
Squirt Gun Painting
What you’ll need for squirt gun painting:
- Crayola Neon Colors Washable Kids’ Paint
- Watercolor Paper
- Squirt Guns (we LOVED this 12 pack, they were the perfect size)
- Something to hang the watercolor papers (we were lucky enough to have a grandma that said, “Line ’em up! I need to paint the fence anyways!” so we used yarn and clothespins to attach these to the fence, however, you may want to use an easel or at least cover the areas you’re worried about because this is a VERY mess activity!)
- an oral medicine dispenser (syringe type)
- something to stir, a fork worked best for me
- cups to mix the paint and water in
- a hand towel
- A container to keep the squirt guns in
How to Fill Squirt Guns With Paint
- Begin by laying down your hand towel under where you’re working because this gets a little messy. However, even if it does get messy, it wipes right off.
- Fill a cup with about half of the container of Crayola Kid’s Washable paint.
- Add water slowly until you get the desired consistency of paint that you want. I used about the same amount of water that I did paint and it worked great for what we wanted. You may like yours to be a little thicker though so that’s entirely up to you.
- Mix the water and paint with the fork until mixed well. Make sure there’s no paint on the bottom of the cup.
- Fill the syringe with the paint mixture.
- Use the paint-filled syringe to fill your squirt gone.
- Label each squirt gun so you know what color is inside.
- Continue doing this with each color of paint and each squirt gun until you have the amount that you need. We only used 6 of the Crayola Neon paints because we wanted to have two of each color available with the 12 squirt guns that we had. You could always do more or less.
- Hang your watercolor paper outside.
- Let the kids go for it! Ready, aim, FIRE! The boys in our family thought that squirt gun painting was the best Summer activity ever!
All of the products we used here can be found at OrientalTrading.com. The squirt guns worked perfectly for us, the paint was exactly what I’d hoped for, and the amount of paper, quality, and size of the watercolor paper we used was perfect for our kid’s craft activity needs.
Tell me in the comments! What are some of your favorite Summer craft activities to make and do with your kids?