Easy Outdoor Activities for Kids

Drop-and-Splat Painting

Try drop-and-splat painting as a messy but fun and easy outdoor activity for kids. Have them put on old bathing suits or shorts, and experiment outside on a warm summer day with this painting technique.

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic cups
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Old clothes to wear (because food coloring stains)
  • Newspaper
  • Paper
  • Rocks
  • Straws

Step 1: Fill several plastic cups with water.

Step 2: Take the cups and the rest of your materials outside.

Step 3: Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors.

Step 4: Place a sheet of newspaper or a large piece of paper on the ground. You can put rocks on the corners to keep the paper in place.

Step 5: Put a straw in a cup of colored water, and place a thumb or finger over the top end of the straw. This will keep water inside the straw when you remove it from the cup.

Step 6: Lift the straw out of the cup and over the paper.

Step 7: Release your finger from the straw end so the colored water drops onto the paper.

Step 8: Experiment by raising straws full of water to different heights and observing how the height of the drop changes the resulting splat.

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