25 awesome art projects for kids of all ages!
It’s no secret that the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love creating art! Of course, they enjoy regular, everyday art like painting, and colouring with markers, crayons and chalk, but we always have the most fun when we’re doing a cool art project, exploring unusual substances (shaving cream, melted wax, food colouring), and using creative techniques (resist art, print making, smoosh painting) to make our art.
Thankfully, there are countless materials and tools right in your own home to create art with; materials and tools that will allow your kids to explore, create and learn in ways that they can’t with just a box of crayons or markers.
Today, I’m sharing over 25 of my favourite easy art techniques for kids! I think you and your kids will love them all. Each of these art processes is inexpensive, super-cool, and they can all be done using things you have in your kitchen cupboards or around your home!
Put away those paintbrushes!
This round-up of creative art processes will have your kids exploring and experimenting with all kinds of different materials, substances and tools!
From resist art to sensory art, from smooshing and scraping to dripping and ripping, in this collection you’ll find lots of different ways for your little ones to get artistic and express their creativity.
Each of the activities described here contains a click-able link which will take you to the step-by-step instructions. Just click on the coloured, underlined text.
25 Unique and Easy Art Techniques for Kids
Make a gorgeous “tie-dyed” bookmark with Sharpies and rubbing alcohol! Great fine-motor exercise and a super homemade gift for kids to give a parent, grandparent or teacher!
Little ones will love “shaking up” a colourful masterpiece with this fun and energetic golf ball painting process!
Sharpies are the star again in this simple “stained-glass” art project. You’ll never guess what we coloured on to get such glossy, vibrant results.
Take your sidewalk chalk art to a new level with a little dipping pot of water!
The hooligans spent ages exploring water absorption and strengthening their fine-motor skills with this drip-art technique.
Here’s a great warm-weather art project! Little ones will love painting with coloured ice outdoors on a sunny summer day.
One of our absolute favourites! To make homemade puffy paint, all you need are 3 kitchen ingredients and a microwave!
Dyeing coffee filters is always popular with the hooligans. See how we used ours to make a pretty paper plate wreath.
Your child can stamp up a one-of-a-kind piece of art for his or her bedroom using a thrift shop canvas and some cardboard rolls. And for Valentines, you can tweak the process a little and stamp a canvas full of hearts.
Scratch Art is one of those classic art techniques that every kid loves. Remember doing scratch art when YOU were a kid? Here, we’ve made a family portrait to give to a parent or grandparent.
Spin painting is a very cool process for kids to do at home or in the classroom. All you need is a salad spinner!
Turn your toilet roll tubes into stamps for some print-making. Your child can frame this stamped heart art project or hang it on a bedroom wall.
If you’ve never tried colouring on tin foil with Sharpies before, you must! It’s such a slick feeling, and the iridescent colours that result are beautiful. We the process to decorate personalized name plaques.
Without a doubt, melting crayons to make Van Gogh’s Starry Night art is one of my all-time favourite art processes for kids.
See how we turned an old thrift shop painting into a custom piece of art for our playroom using this mess-free smoosh painting technique!
Make your own gift wrap in a matter of seconds using this awesome hair-dryer painting process!
These cork-stamped flowers were my very favourite spring art project this year. Not only because they’re so pretty, but because they’re so versatile! You can use this technique to make homemade cards and wrapping paper or to embellish a wreath or a tote-bag!
Cotton-pad art teaches kids about water absorption and colour blending, and the process helps develop fine motor skills.
This “big art” post is chock-full of ways for a little one to explore a variety of painting tools on a large art surface on the floor.
Tape resist art is so much fun! It’s simple enough for toddlers to enjoy, and older kids will appreciate the cool results.
Scrape painting is another one of my all-time favourite art techniques for kids. The process is easy yet fascinating, and the results are always just beautiful!
Kids who enjoy messy play will love this sensory art process! It’s fun for one, and also a great group activity for the backyard.
This salt, glue and watercolour process was a really neat (and gorgeous) way to work on letter and name recognition.
Crayon resist art is always a hit with kids of all ages! Even I can’t resist a good resist-art project!
Transform your driveway art with this simple chalk and water technique!
Paint a perfect rainbow every time with this nifty art technique!
And lastly, here are three of my all-time favourite art techniques for kids:
Creating stained glass art with bottle lids and washable paint.
Creating beautiful Monet-like art with markers and paper towels.
Painting with frozen, coloured paint pops is always fun on a summer day too!
Make marbled paper with shaving cream and food colouring! It’s SUCH a cool process!
And if you’re looking for another terrific round-up of kids art ideas, check out these 30 Art Techniques from Buggy and Buddy!
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