Magic Water Painting

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Painting with water is a fun and frugal Summer activity that kids love.  Today, I put a fun little twist on this activity and made magic water for Rosie and Jewel to paint with.  They had a blast, and the total cost of this play time was less than $1.

Magic Water Painting
Painting with MAGIC water- a fun and frugal activity for Summer that costs less than $1 and will keep kids playing for hours!

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I set this activity up for Rosie and Jewel to enjoy between jumps and swims in their play pool.   This was such a simple way to keep them engaged and un-bored on a warm day.

Materials (affiliate links provided)
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • A bin or container
  • Paint brushes and/or paint rollers
  • Food coloring
  • Squirt bottles
We had most of what we needed for this activity on hand, but if you don't all of the above items can be purchased at the Dollar Tree except for the squirt bottles which can be purchased online here.

Method
Add one box of baking soda to a bin or container and fill it with water.  Stir the mixture to mix the baking soda into the water.  You will also need to stir the magic water occasionally during play to remix it.  Fill a few squirt bottles with vinegar, adding a few drops of food coloring if desired.  Give kids brushes or rollers and the fun can begin!

Painting with MAGIC water- a fun and frugal activity for Summer that costs less than $1 and will keep kids playing for hours!

Painting with MAGIC water- a fun and frugal activity for Summer that costs less than $1 and will keep kids playing for hours!

Rosie and Jewel had lots of fun painting with the magic water

Painting with MAGIC water- a fun and frugal activity for Summer that costs less than $1 and will keep kids playing for hours!

They made numbers, shapes, and other fun designs

Painting with MAGIC water- a fun and frugal activity for Summer that costs less than $1 and will keep kids playing for hours!

And then they had a blast going around and making their street art erupt

Painting with MAGIC water- a fun and frugal activity for Summer that costs less than $1 and will keep kids playing for hours!

Painting with MAGIC water- a fun and frugal activity for Summer that costs less than $1 and will keep kids playing for hours!

A simple and fun activity for a warm, sunny day!

Painting with MAGIC water- a fun and frugal activity for Summer that costs less than $1 and will keep kids playing for hours!
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Extend the fun by giving kids a variety of different tools to paint with; sponges, brushes, bath loofahs, and dish scrubbers are some ideas.

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