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Painting with a Spray Bottle – Vibrant Process Art for Kids

spray bottle painting for kids fine motor skills

Painting with a spray bottle is such a fun and vibrant way to create process art while strengthening important fine motor skills! Keep on reading to find out how you can easily set up this activity in no-time!

Beyond Painting with a Spray Bottle

No doubt, kids love to get messy with paint, and this activity, satisfies that urge one hundred percent! But what kiddo’s don’t realize is that this art project is actually a fine motor skills activity in disguise!

Using spray bottles are tricky to function – pulling back the trigger exercises some very important muscles in the hands and fingers. Developing fine motor skills is critical for accomplishing so many life long skills from writing to buttoning a shirt and tying a shoe! By combining spray bottles with vibrant colors, each pull lands in a colorful splatter making this hand and finger workout so much fun and one they want to do over and over again!

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Painting with a Spray Bottle in Action

This fine motor activity disguised as an art activity gives kids the freedom to create their artwork any which way that they want. It’s all about the process, not the results! The more paint splatters, the better (because it means those hands are really working!).

In terms of mess, use washable paint, and keep it outside in an area you can easily hose down. Using old newspaper keeps things budget-friendly!

Painting with a Spray Bottle in Action

This fine motor skills activity disguised as an art activity gives kids the freedom to create their artwork any which way that they want. It’s all about the process, not the results! The more paint splatters, the better (because it means those hands are really working!).

In terms of mess, use washable paint, and keep it outside in an area you can easily hose down. Using old newspaper keeps things budget-friendly!

spray bottle painting for kids fine motor skills

Tips for Painting with a Spray Bottle

The Canvas. Unless you plan on saving the artwork, feel free to use recycled materials like newspaper or cardboard. 

Paint Choice. As you can see with the mess, washable paint is key. Even washable paint can sometimes me stubborn, so if paint does land on the wall be sure to wash off with soap as soon as the art session ends.

Spray Bottles. Use easy to pull spray bottles, this will allow your kiddos to be able to pull the trigger to release the paint with minimal frustration!

After Spraying. When the kid’s are finished, be sure to rinse out the spray bottles. If paint dries in the top part it may clog and make it difficult to use in the future.

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Combine paint or liquid watercolor in a spray bottle in a 1 to 1 ratio. (You can dilute this even further if you are low on paint!)

Step 2

Tape up craft paper or newspaper in an area that can get messy.

Step 3

Let the kids have a blast spraying the paint all over the canvas!

Step 4

When finished, rinse out the spray bottles to avoid dry paint clogging the spout.

Step 1

Combine paint or liquid watercolor in a spray bottle in a 1 to 1 ratio. (You can dilute this even further if you are low on paint!)

Step 2

Tape up craft paper or newspaper in an area that can get messy.

Step 3

Let the kids have a blast spraying the paint all over the canvas!

Step 4

When finished, rinse out the spray bottles to avoid dry paint clogging the spout.

The Educational Benefits Painting with a Spray Bottle

As mentioned in the beginning of this article, spray bottles are such a fun tool for strengthening fine motor skills! They can be tricky to use, but the fun in spraying the paint outweighs all that work!

This activity is also a great opportunity to talk about process art. You can explain that process art isn’t about the final result, it’s about the method used to create. In this case, using a spray bottle! Allow them the freedom to explore the materials and express themselves. If they want to take a break from spraying and use their hands instead encourage this independent and creative curiosity!

spray bottle painting for kids fine motor skills
spray bottle painting for kids fine motor skills

The Educational Benefits Painting with a Spray Bottle

As mentioned in the beginning of this article, spray bottles are such a fun tool for strengthening fine motor skills! They can be tricky to use, but the fun in spraying the paint outweighs all that work!

This activity is also a great opportunity to talk about process art. You can explain that process art isn’t about the final result, it’s about the method used to create. In this case, using a spray bottle!

Allow them the freedom to explore the materials and express themselves. If they want to take a break from spraying and use their hands instead encourage this independent and creative curiosity!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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