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Spray Painting Leaves

I saw this fab idea here at Artful Adventures and just had to try it. I should start by saying that if you're not using watercolours like I didn't you might need to experiment with the ratio of paint to water, and I would advise using some heavy good quality paper. As usual Jake and I got too excited about starting it and it didn't work as well as it could have done, however Jake LOVED spraying the paints and didn't remotely care about the outcome!!! 

You will need: 
- some empty spray bottles
- paints, preferably water colours
- paper or another surface 
- some leaves or other shapes to spray around

I would also recommend this as an outside activity! ;)

Off we went collecting 

We talked about the different shapes

When we got back we stuck the leaves down... 
and Jake got spraying straight away! 

we used purple, orange and green for an autumnal feel

our paper wasn't great, so I got an old towel to spray on too

...and of course Jake just had to spray the whole garden too!!


  1. What a fun idea! I'm slowly making my way through the 2011 Best Ideas for Kids blog hop and saw this post. Would like to invite you to link up any recent outdoor play posts you have to our Outdoor Play Party every other Friday. A new edition will be coming out this Friday. http://www.mamapeapod.com/search/label/%7BOutdoor%20Play%20Linky%20Party%7D

  2. Really beautiful. I saw the same post and wondered if I could do it with goblin

    1. thanks! :) I bet Goblin would love it. He's around the same age as Jake I think? Jake loves spray bottles whether they have paint in or water. We're going to do this again this year with some fabric paint on tea towels - good gifts for grandparents! :)

  3. I was wondering how you did this without actual spray paint. :-) I love how this is a full circle activity and he was involved every step of the way. Pinning this in my Fall folder.

  4. I see your leaves haven't really changed colour yet, either. This looks like a fantastic activity for my buddies! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I am just like you... always to excited to wait and figure things out. I love the way it looks on the towel, but the experience must have been wonderful.

  6. My kids are in love with spray bottles so this is the perfect activity for us!

  7. What a great idea! We are All Year Round Blog Carnival co-hosts and we've featured you here http://littlehomeschoolblessings.blogspot.com/2012/10/all-year-round-carnival-september-round.html?m=1 .


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