Watercolor activities using markers are perfect rainy day art activities for toddlers. Easy to set up – all you need is watercolor paper and markers, and relatively mess-free (unless a toddler decides to draw on themselves), you can pull out this watercolor activity anytime you need a fast activity that will keep your toddler going for a little while.
Making watercolor pictures with the help of the rain is an easy to set up project that can keep your younger kids going for a little while. All you need is watercolor paper and markers.
- Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pens
- Crayola Washable Markers
- Do A Dot Art Markers
- watercolor paper
- waterproof artist smocks (if you’re worried about mess)
How to Do Watercolor Pictures
Set up the coloring station on a protected surface. I have a low table in the basement just for arts and crafts. I’ve also put a plastic tablecloth over our kitchen table if I need the kids to be near me in the kitchen. If the kids aren’t careful with the markers, have them wear waterproof artist smocks or use an old shirt to protect their clothes.
We used a combination of watercolor markers and Crayola Washable Markers. Since the kids tend to mash the tips of the markers while drawing, you may want to keep an older set of washable markers just for this activity, or buy the cheaper ones. Do A Dot Art Markers work well for young kids struggling with handling markers and drawing at the same time. They can simply dot the colors on the paper.
Lay the watercolor papers outside on the driveway; the color run off will not stain your driveway. The rain mixes the colors to create a rainbow effect. If it’s not raining, use a spray bottle filled with water; this gives the kids a chance to strengthen their hand muscles. You can pick up spray bottles for a dollar at the dollar store.
After the colors spread, bring them inside to dry on a flat area. A concrete floor in the basement or the garage floor are good drying spots. Hang the finished watercolors in your art gallery or turn them into other projects like greeting cards.
More Crafts for Toddlers on my Preschool Learning Board
If you like this easy watercolor activity for your toddler, check out my Preschool Learning board on Pinterest!