On sunny days, there’s a really easy and fun way for you and your child to get creative. All you need is water, and the sun will do the cleaning up for you.

What you need

Bucket of water

Paint brush

Old washing up liquid bottle


Painting outdoors develops coordination, balance and flexibility

Discovering cause and effect

Sensory development

Making creative decisions

And don’t forget, the everyday things you do together make a big difference and can help your child to grow up healthier and happier.

How long will it take?

1 hr

What to do

  1. Your canvas can be anywhere outside – a path, a patio, a wall – wherever there’s space to make a great big picture.
  2. Give your child a brush or a washing-up bottle filled with water and work together to make swirly pictures. The water will leave dark marks which will dry up – so you can both make as many patterns and shapes as you like!

    boy playing with paintbrush