Painting with Water - Fun for Kids

A Fun and Easy Summer Craft

By Sarah Hauge, Publisher, Macaroni Kid, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Centennial July 30, 2018

Warm weather always has my kiddos itching to be outside every day, all day long. I must say, I don't mind! I'm a lover of sunshine and being close to nature. Today we tried a super simple, easy, fun idea - we painted our yard with water!


  • Cup of Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Paintbrushes
  • An outdoor space
  • Your imagination!


Step 1: Fill your cup of water/s

Step 2: Add food coloring to color your water

Step 3: Find some rocks to paint or cement

Step 4: Dip paint brush in cup of water and start painting


  • Sample a variety of paintbrushes to explore how they each function in different ways.
  • Teach letter or shape identification by painting them out on the pavement.
  • Practice those pouring skills by providing a variety of water buckets, canisters, and measuring tools.
  • Encourage creativity by asking what color they would paint various items if they had a choice.

When it comes to playing outside, don't overthink it; sometimes the simple activities bring the most joy!