Fun Guaranteed with these 22 Easy Painting Ideas for Kids


Art is the perfect messy fun for kids and makes for ideal sensory play. So don the old clothes, cover the table and crack open the paint pots – fun is guaranteed with these 22 Easy Painting Ideas for Kids. 

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1. Ice Painting

I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this painting technique really is for the little ones. If your child enjoys getting their hands messy, this is definitely one to try! Learn with Play at Home and Messy Little Monster have also been busy enjoying Ice Painting!


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2. Nature Paintbrushes

These set of Nature Paintbrushes are definitely the most beautiful and inspiring set of Nature brushes I have ever seen! I love how you can combine this activity with a Nature Walk and collect the bits you need together too! Oh and check out Danya Banyas Painting with (and on) Sticks too!

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3. Bottle Top Art

This is a process art that I have never considered doing before. How effective is the outcome!! Definitely adding this to our to-do list!

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4. Squirty Foam Paint

Now this kind of painting is right up my street!! With some simple ingredients and a bit of recycling it’s pretty easy to try out too!

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5. Watercolour Glue Resist Art

Ohhh the possibilities! This is a great art technique that children of all ages will enjoy.

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6. Rainbow Sidewalk Paint

Want to take art outdoors? How about making some of your own outdoor paint? I love the bottles they use in this activity too! You could also have a go at painting with it on paper like Mama Papa Bubba shows us.

6. Rainbow Erupting Sidewalk Chalk Paint (2)

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7. Shaving Foam Painting

We really love how this turned out! Little N asks to do this activity often.

This activity (along with 150+ more activities) features in a great book we co-authored, that is jam packed full of Learning through Play activities for kids! Find out more about our book here.

Look how Mom Inspired Life enjoyed shaving foam painting on their windows!

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8. Painted Toast

Looking to spice up breakfast time and start the day on a creative note? How about some colourful, painted toast to eat?

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9. DIY Bath Paints

Do you enjoy making bath time fun for your little ones? Try making some bath paint and giving them the opportunity to get creative while they are in the tub

Here is another super bath paint recipe from Messy Little Monster.


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10. Fingerprinted Season Keepsake

Not only does this look very effective, it’s a keepsake and provides a cute decoration that you can hang up on you wall all year round! If canvas keepsakes are something you like, check out this one from Heart of Deborah.


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11. Spiderweb Art

Have the family coming over? Why not re-create this painting activity? I love how Deb talks about creating family memories of togetherness while they all paint their own spider webs! You could even make your own Hand print Spiders to cut out and add to your colourful webs!


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12. Spin Art

Spin art painting is a firm favourite of mine. I remember doing it as a child! It always goes down well with the children, and adults just cant resist having a go too!


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13. Squirt Gun Painting

Now this is a process art that many kids dreams are made of!


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14. Printing with Foam Blocks

Is your child a fan of building with blocks in the construction area but not so keen to paint? Why not combine the two and use the blocks to print?!


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15. Mess-Free Painting

Some children are reluctant to get paint on their fingers, while other children continue putting anything and everything into their mouths. Sometimes you only have a quick couple of minutes to do an activity – this mess-free painting activity is great for these moments!

Mama Smiles also did a great Mess Free Painting activity that she secured to the table.


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16. Painting on Salt

Not only a fun canvas to paint on, there is also some great science behind this technique!


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17. Nebulae Art

What a delightful way to capture your child’s interests through art! I would love to give this a try! A lovely, calming, painting technique.


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18. Painting on Foil

This is purely about the process, but what a delightful painting technique with the hands and fingertips! If you have a child who is reluctant to get their hands dirty, use a paintbrush or Q-Tips.


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19. Coffee Filter Painting

Colour mixing with coffee filters is a fun painting process. Children can observe the different colours they create by mixing 2 or more colours together.


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20. Spice Painting

A great painting activity to engage the senses! From textures, to scents, to the colours.


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21. Painting with Playdough Tools

Playdough tools make a great variety of patterns and imprints in Playdough and that’s no different in paint too!


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22. Homemade Paint Recipes

To finish off our collection of painting activities and techniques for kids, here is an amazing collection of Paint Recipes to work your way through!


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Over to you! Have you tried any of these activities or have you other favourites? Let us know in the comments below.

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