By: Jennifer Murray

Fun for a Buck: Painting With Water

Fun for a Buck

There were so many great ideas shared in my last “Fun for a Buck” post that I couldn’t wait to try out, including “painting” with water.  So far we’ve painted the sidewalk, the rocks, and the van wheels. =) Just grab some cheap paintbrushes or sponges and a container for the water and let them paint the town! Dry and Repeat!

Thanks to Trish, Naomi, TripleThreat, Gail, and MaryBeth for sharing this genius idea!

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Hope these ideas inspire you to have fun with your family without spending a load of money, because some of the best things in life are free (or almost). If you have a Fun for a Buck ideas feel free to share them!  I’d love to try them out and share them! (Giving you credit, of course!)

18 Responses to “Fun for a Buck: Painting With Water”

  1. MaryBeth
    April 13, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    They are quite an adorable bunch of little hard workers… just look at the concentration that went into the water painting!! Too cute!

  2. Lori
    April 13, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Your boys are probably a bit young for this, but my kids used to love making an obstacle course from things found in the yard and garage. The course would be something like: go across the monkey-bars, slide down the slide, hop to the basketball hoop and shoot three baskets, jump rope, ride a scooter to the flag pole, run around the flag pole, etc. My daughter and her friend would each make up a course and then the other would have to do the course. They would write out the instructions using sidewalk chalk. This would keep them busy all afternoon.

  3. Anonymous
    April 13, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    It might be a little bit over $1, but every kid I know loves the greeting cards that play music. My son and nephew will dance and dance every time it opens, and they love watching all the adults dance and act silly too!

  4. Aimee
    April 13, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    We just did this last night–so fun! I'll also plan a "car wash" for the first nice day–put the girls out with sponges and their cozy coupes. Last year we did ours and a few of the neighbors!

  5. Trish
    April 13, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    I'm so happy the boys like their new activity. It as always been a hit in our house!


  6. Mary
    April 13, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Your boys are adorable! They look so cute all lined up in their matching clothes!

    Another fun idea is chalk paint. It's corn starch and water (mixed to desired consistency) and food coloring. Very easy, and it appears very bright. May take a rain or two to wash away, though.

    Also: a large pan of bubble juice, and a hanger bent into a diamond. It makes giant bubbles :o)

    Needless to say, I used to take pride in keeping the neighbor kids entertained 🙂

  7. Jessie's Girls
    April 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    We bought $1 bubble wands (big, round ones, with multiple holes) at Target for the girls' Easter baskets. They have been thrilled with them ever since. They can make the bubbles themselves since there is no blowing required, and the wands produce large, very impressive clusters of bubbles.

    We also bought splash balls (the type that you use in pools) which we set them loose with in the backyard. It is so much easier than filling a million water balloons, and our little ones aren't coordinated enough for water guns yet. All they need is a pan of water (not a bucket, they will tip it) and their squishy balls and they're good to go.

  8. KK @ Running Through Life
    April 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    What a cute idea! And love the pics!!!

  9. Elizabeth @ TexasEbeth
    April 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    We've done this as well. My son has the exact same t-shirt too! Lately he's been fascinated with any water toy – squirt gun, hose, buckets, etc. I'm going to try the chalk paint someone else suggested.

  10. Anonymous
    April 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    I let my kids squirt each other with water guns or play in the rocks with dump trucks.

  11. Krissy @ ArtsyMom
    April 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    That's adorable! Wow, it's like a mirror image of the kids! I can't imagine having 4. lol 🙂

    I should give my kdis some water to play with outside… I'm just afraid they'll start fighting wit it.

    Found you from UPB10 and I love your blog! Following you now! I hope you stop by and follow us as well! Have a great week!

  12. Brandi
    April 14, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    I had never thought of painting with water. We will definitely have to try that. I bet the twinners would love it.

  13. Katie @ Nap Time in Naptown
    April 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Madeline just spent an hour and a half "painting" our house, fence, patio and anything else she could reach. She was giggling the entire time. Thanks for the idea!

  14. Vodka Mom
    April 15, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    I'm in love. (Those boys are to die for.)

  15. 5 Kids With Disabilities
    April 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    I used to give my kiddos a bucket of soapy water and they used to paint the house! For HOURS. Of course, now that they're grown, they would never paint the house for real…bummer!

  16. Chrissiebear
    April 30, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    I am so in love with "Fun for a Buck"! I am very frugal and try to come up with fun, inexpensive activities all the time!
    The other evening we had the curtains closed (despite it being sunshiney outside) and my daughter found a flashlight. It was an extra one my husband purchased at the dollar store, and easy to turn on and off.
    I told my daughter to turn out the room light, and oh the fun she had! She is only two, so I can only imagine the silliness four three year olds could get into!!

  17. naomimarcus
    May 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    So glad your boys had fun doing this. Love the photos, I wish my mum had had a camera when I was little!
    Thanks for the link to my blog also 🙂
    Naomi xx


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