19 Creative Art Activities For Toddlers And Preschoolers

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Is your child an aspiring artist? Are they fascinated by colors, paints, sketches? Why not encourage them to learn and develop their skills. Art activities for preschoolers are not just fun but also aid in the development of gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and creative abilities. So, if your child is ready to unleash their inner artist then keep reading for some fun art activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

19 Art Activities For Toddlers And Preschoolers

Here are some easy art activities for preschoolers and toddlers to lighten up their day and allow them to enhance their creative skills-

1. Trace and paint the ABCs picture

Paint alphabet letters over top.

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Kindergarten is all about learning the ABCs of the alphabet, so this is a perfect kindergarten art project for children to apply themselves. First, fold the paper into squares and add a different color or pattern to each. Then paint alphabet letters overtop.

2. Create a tree-inspired 3-D sculpture

Head outside to the school playground where your kids can forage for the sticks and twigs they want to use in this kindergarten project. Then, back inside, they stick the twigs into clay and decorate them with beads.

3. Paper bags jellyfish

Put those scissor skills to good use with these wiggly paper bag jellyfish! All you need is brown paper lunch bags, googly eyes, and watercolor paint. For extra fun, use some decorative scissors for this kindergarten art project.

4. Make a leaf person

Head outdoors and grab some leaves, twigs, pinecones, and flowers of your liking. Then paste them together to create a whole leaf family. This is fun in fall but works in spring and summer too.

5. Bubble wrap magic

Bubble wrap is a perennial favorite for little fingers.

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Glue umbrellas to construction paper, then use bubble wrap to “paint” the raindrops! Bubble wrap is a perennial favorite for little fingers, but they will have to hold off on popping until you finish this art project.

6. Jigsaw puzzle

You’ll need cardboard, scissors, and a sharpie for this activity. Pick any random image and ask the kids to cut it out as pieces of a puzzle. This will be a fun activity for the kids to learn how everything is interconnected.

7. Yarn painting

Yarn painting is gaining popularity everywhere, and it’s simple to create an art piece without making a mess. This easy project creates cool abstract art that’s fun and satisfying to assemble.

8. Seed craft

For this activity, you need to distribute a handful of seeds to the toddlers, glue, and a sheet of paper. Ask the toddlers to use the seeds to stick on the paper in the shape of a flower, along with the stem, leaves, and ground.

9. Toothbrush Art

You’ll need toothbrushes, scissors, paper, and paint for this activity. Cut out shapes, spray the paint onto the paper, and remove it. Voila!

10. Sand art

For this activity, you’ll need paper, Fevicol, and sand. Have the kids draw lines and shapes with Fevicol and then dust sand on them. Getting your hands dirty has never been so much fun!

11. Foil moon painting

For this activity, you’ll need foil, paint, and paper. Crumpled foil dipped in the paint can be used to create a cool, textured moon print. Then, add different layers of paint to finish it off.

12. Pipe cleaners into stick play toys

Set kids free to create crazy sculptures.

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Gather some pipe cleaners lying around along with some Styrofoam packing material, and set kids free to create wild and crazy sculptures. Of course, they can add beads and any other materials too.

13. Build a glass-free mosaic

For this activity, give the toddlers cut vegetables and stick them on paper. Ask them to observe the color combinations that work the best while gently introducing them to primary colors.

14. Van Gogh’s sunflowers

Van Gogh is another inspiring artist for kindergarten art students. Show them his famous sunflowers for inspiration and let them create their masterpieces. All you’ll need is tissue paper, paper, colors, and glue for this activity.

15. Broccoli art

For this activity, you need paint, broccoli, and a sheet of paper. Ask the toddlers to dip the broccoli into paint and print it onto the paper to get a painting of blossom trees.

16. Flowerpot painting

Make the garden even more colorful.

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This is a fun outdoor painting activity. All you need are paints and some drying-up time to give the required effect. Ask the toddlers to paint one pot each with their choice of paint and make the springtime garden even more colorful and beautiful.

17. Paper Mache

You’ll need paper, a bucket, and some water for this activity. Instruct the children to tear up some pages from old books or magazines and leave them in the water. Let it stay overnight and add Fevicol to the damp mixture and ask the students to make sculptures from them.

18. Playdough

You will need tissue paper, paint, and glue.

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Instruct the children to make an easter egg with paper mesh. For this, you will need a lot of tissue paper, paint, and glue. Ask the children to glue the paper in the shape of an egg and then paint it. This helps increase the cognitive skills of the child.

19. Blow through straws to make dreamy peacocks

This beautiful kindergarten art project is easier than it looks! To make those rainbow feathers, just place a few drops of liquid watercolor onto watercolor paper or white construction paper. Then, students use straws to blow the paint around the paper.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I inspire my toddler’s creativity?

You can encourage your toddler to be creative by regularly introducing them to different innovative activities. You could use household items such as leaves, lentils, dry pasta, and yarn to do these activities. Allowing them sufficient independence and time to complete these activities will make the experience more enjoyable.

2. What are the benefits of art for children?

Art boosts children’s imaginative and creative skills. Interacting with different art supplies can also help hone their fine motor skills. Further, art provides a medium for children to express their emotions in a healthy way. It also helps them to build confidence as they decide what kind of art to create and learn to trust their abilities.

Art activities for toddlers can enhance their creativity and imaginations. Free drawing and painting activities can be appropriate for toddlers. You may give them chalk, pencils, and crayons for coloring since they may not be able to handle liquid paints safely. Toddlers who identify colors can easily learn painting. You may also teach some basic clay art to younger children. Also, let your toddler draw and paint based on their interests and imaginations. It can be wonderful to see your little one’s creations.

Key Pointers

  • Introduce rainbow colors to children by allowing them to roll and shape colorful play-doh.
  • Help them discover the beauty of a rainbow through colored sand craft.
  • Let them have some fun by dipping ice cream sticks in rainbow colors or painting with a colored sponge.
  • Colorful ice, rainbow wall hangings, and many more fun activities as you scroll down.

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Manjari Srivastava

Manjari Srivastava is a graduate of psychology. She also holds certificates in Basics In Clinical Psychology and Identifying Early Signs Of Psychosis In Adolescents And Young Adults.  Previously, she volunteered with an NGO specializing in positive psychology, where she took up individual counseling sessions for students. She also taught English to underprivileged children and helped them with their studies. At MomJunction,...
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