25 Easy Art Techniques for Kids

It’s no secret – my daycare hooligans love creating art!  For me, the funnest thing about art for kids is finding unique and interesting ways for my toddlers and preschoolers to get creative. The kids and I have tried a lot of creative processes over the years, and today I’m sharing 25 easy art techniques for kids!  They’re easy, inexpensive, super-cool, and each of these projects can be done using things you have in your kitchen cupboards and around your home!

25 easy art techniques for kids


Put away those paints and 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

sharpie art and golf ball painting technique

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.


chalk art, ice art and drip art for toddlers

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.


3 simple paint processes for kids

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.


melted crayon art, smoosh painting for toddlers

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!


3 easy art techniques for preschoolers

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.


painting with feathers, sponges and blocks

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.


Art processes for preschoolers and toddlers

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.


salt and glue painting, wax resist painting

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!


techniques for painting rainbows

Transform your driveway art with this simple chalk and water technique!

Paint a perfect rainbow every time with this nifty art technique!


3 art techniques for toddlers

And lastly, here are three of my all-time favourite art techniques for kids:

Creating stained glass art with bottle lids and washable paint.

Making marbleized prints with shaving cream and food colouring.

Creating beautiful Monet-like art with markers and paper towels.


If you’re looking for another terrific round-up of kids art ideas, check out these 30 Art Techniques from Buggy and Buddy!

Buggy and Buddy Art Technique Round Up


Want to see even more cool and creative activities for kids?  Check out our:

Easy science Experiments for Toddlers

Homemade Paint Recipes for Kids

Disney’s “Frozen” Crafts, Activities and Recipes

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    • happyhooligans says

      You’re so welcome, Karen! Thanks for passing it along! Keep your eye on my blog. I plan to do a big round up of actual art projects for preschoolers too. :)

  1. Julie says

    A brilliant list, and I picked up a few new ideas to try at the nursery next term :-)
    We also found the children love painting dots with blocks wrapped in bubble wrap! Great fun which can also lead to colour mixing, and the language of size if you have bubbles of different sizes like we did!

    • happyhooligans says

      Oh my. You are absolutely right! How has no-one pointed that out before? Not sure what I was thinking when I wrote that post. Haha. I’ve just gone back and removed about a dozen of them. Thanks!

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