It's hard to think about, but it's obvious in the Iowa Great Lakes that summer is coming to an end.
Traffic is easing. Visitor numbers are dwindling. Stores and restaurants are getting ready to close for the season.
But there is still plenty of warm weather to enjoy outside, and squirt gun painting is a great activity to celebrate second summer in Iowa.
Tempera paint in a variety of colors
Thick white paper, the bigger the better
Start by hanging your paper on a clothesline with clothespins. Make sure that if kids miss the paper they aren't going to hit anything you don't want painted!
Mix tempera paint with water. Dependent on how thick you want the paint, a ratio of about 12 ounces of paint to a half-gallon of water is pretty average. You can make the paint a little thicker if you have a squirt gun that you can pour the mixture in. If you have the type that sucks the mixture up, it may need to be a little thinner.
Fill your squirt guns with the paint.
Make sure the kids have old clothes on, head outside and let them be creative!
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