48 chapter 3
cool off. Use language that lets children know
this is paint—not water—and must be used
only where you designate.
• If you live in a cold climate, spray painting is
a great incentive for getting outdoors in the
winter. Spray paint in the snow!
• Store the paint bottles upright. If a bottle stops
working, its nozzle is probably clogged. Try
holding your finger over the nozzle for a few
seconds while pumping the trigger to build
pressure. When you remove your finger from
the nozzle, it will release the extra pressure
and clear the nozzle.
• For tempera spray paint, give the bottle a small
shake periodically to keep the mixture well
blended and flowing smoothly.
Watching the colors run
• Be aware that the children’s hands will probably
get paint on them. Liquid watercolor and food
coloring may be difficult to clean off at first.
Spray painting outside
Painting with intention