Water Art

Water Art

Wax-Resistant Underwater Painting


  • Wax Crayons or candles
  • Watercolor paints
  • Large paint brush
  • Paper

Draw a design on the paper of an underwater scene using crayons or draw a design with pencil; then color over it with a candle. Completely wash the whole area of the paper with watercolor paint. The colored areas will resist the paint and reveal the drawing.

Water Painting


  • Buckets of water
  • Large paint brushes
  • Spray bottles filled with water

Go outside and paint pictures with water on the sidewalk or the wall of a building.

Lake In a Jar


  • Baby food jars with lids for each child
  • Baby oil
  • Blue food coloring
  • Glue

Mix blue food coloring with water. This will be the lake, so make it as blue as you want. Have the children carefully fill their jars to approximately 2/3 full. Pour in baby oil to fill the jar. Glue the lid on to the jar. Gently rock the lake, and the waves will form. Turn it on to its side and make big waves.

Eyedropper Watercolors


  • Eyedroppers
  • Colored water (use watercolor paints or food coloring)
  • Paper towels

Use the eyedroppers to drop colored water onto the paper towels. Hang the pictures up to dry.

Activities provided by:

Story County Conservation Board
Nature Boxes for Early Childhood Educators
Debbi Williams
56461 180th St.
Ames, IA 50010
Story County Conservation

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Category: Crafts

Iowa Early Learning Standards:
1.2, 2.4, 6.1, 7.3, 8.2, 9.4, 13.1, 14.3

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