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Sidewalk Water Painting

by Cynthia
(Canton, OH)

When I taught kindergarten and the weather was hot, I'd take the children outdoors with a pail of water and a paintbrush to draw pictures on the sidewalk. Preparation was minimal and there was virtually no cleanup. A quick rinse of the brushes was all that was necessary.


This activity kept the children busy for as long as they were allowed. They really enjoyed making pictures and creativity was encouraged because "mistakes" quickly disappeared and "do-overs" were easy. It was also an active activity since the children would move to different areas to look for dry spots to use. They also were free to look at others' work and discuss it.

I think this would work well with any preschool or kindergarten age child and suspect that even older children would enjoy it. A great advantage to the activity is that it involves no consumable supplies so there is no expense involved.

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