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I got this watercolor painting idea from the book Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers. We found it at our local library, but it’s also available on Amazon here. I tweaked the process a bit to work for my kids, but the idea is so simple and easy! I have a feeling we’ll be trying many more art projects from this fantastic little book.
Watercolor for Kids Materials:
- art paper or watercolor paper
- mat or baking pan
- cup with water
Watercolor Painting Prep:
- Create a paint-proof work space. Either use big plastic mats or kitchen baking pans to catch the mess.
- Give your child a tray of watercolor paints, paintbrush, a cup with water, and napkins.
- Show your child how to wash the brush out in the water so the colors don’t get muddied up.
- Before you paint, show your child how to get the right amount of water on the brush. Experiment on scrap paper with a too-dry brush and a too-wet brush. Explain that the right amount of water will make painting much easier!
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Watercolor Connect the Dot Painting Instructions:
- Begin with a blank piece of paper. Have your child place random dots on the paper with markers.
- Show your child how to connect the dots to make shapes. They don’t have to be geometric shapes, but you can definitely use this as a teaching opportunity as well to review basic shapes.
- Encourage your child to paint in the shapes using watercolors. Then paint the background a complementary color. If your kids paint like mine, the watercolors will eventually be painted over the marker lines. (They really enjoy “blending!”) But you’ll get some really interesting artworks!
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Did you try this simple watercolor for kids project? Let us know how your artworks turned out!