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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If you are looking for painting ideas to inspire and prompt your kids, you’ve come to the right place! We have heaps of ideas that are easy to tackle.
Fun Guaranteed With These 22 Easy Painting Ideas For Kids
#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!
#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
This is a great art technique that children of all ages will enjoy. Using watercolours and glue to make shapes and outlines. You’ll find the instructions on Artsy Momma.
#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.
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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!
Image via Learning and Exploring Through Play
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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? Messy Little Monster has the details.
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#9. DIY Bath Paints
Do you enjoy making bath time fun for your little ones? Try making some homemade bath paint (instructions on The Realistic Mama) and giving them the opportunity to get creative while they are in the tub.
#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! Rhythms of Play have a lovely project to create this seasonal tree art with fingerprints and thumbprints.
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#11. Spiderweb Art
#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 can’t resist having a go too!
#13. Squirt Gun Painting
Definitely one for outdoors, let the kids loose with paint bottles they can squirt at a big piece of paper!
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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?!
#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!
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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. If you have a child who is interested in space, have them try Nebulae Art, it’s a lovely, calming, painting technique.
#18. Painting on Foil
This is purely about the process, but Painting on Foil is also 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.
#19. Coffee Filter Painting
Colour mixing with coffee filters is a fun painting process, find the instructions on Messy Little Monster. Children can observe the different colours they create by mixing 2 or more colours together.
#20. Spice Painting
A great painting activity to engage the senses! From textures, to scents, to the colours, spice painting with DIY paints is a fun idea from Mama Papa Bubba.
#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! Try this fun painting with playdough tools.
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!
Over to you now! Have you tried any of these activities or have you any other painting ideas for kids you can suggest? Let us know in the comments below.