If you’re looking for a super fun summer (or end of summer) activity, this is it – Super Fun Syringe Painting!
- Washable tempera paint or liquid watercolors, thinned with water
- Syringes, without needles of course. You can find them in farm stores or on Amazon. We have a variety of sizes for water play.
- Easel or vertical surface, like a fence to hang up paper
- Large roll paper
My husband made us an outdoor plexi-glass easel. It has been awesome for all kinds of play, including shaving cream, sponges, painting and water play. It also worked to tape large sheets of roll paper to it for our splattering syringe painting.
Next time I will move the easel to the grass so the paint doesn’t need to be scrubbed off the deck and siding.
This is definitely about the process, but our painting turned out neat too. Fine motor skills come into play, using small hand muscles. Lots of learning about how syringes and suction work. It’s cooperative play, too, since it’s necessary to take turns, share space and the paint colors. Soon there was coloring mixing and discovering that paint could be suctioned off the tray.
Filled and aiming! It’s fun to see how far you can squirt the paint.
Or maybe try it up close.
It’s fun to do it again and again.
Be prepared for a colorful mess! This is a good activity to do while wearing swimwear and then play in the sprinkler afterward. Our paint did not stain swimwear or skin but be careful to use washable paints; you can thin them down quite a bit with water.
Have some super summer fun painting with syringes!