13 Easy And Creative Ideas Of Canvas Painting For Kids

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If you have a budding Picasso at home, who dreams of painting the world one day, this post is for you. In this post, we present to you some incredible canvas painting ideas for kids. Most children love painting as it brings alive their colorful imaginations that they then bring on to the canvas. So, here we have curated a list of ideas that can be shared with children to paint something beautiful. Read on to learn more.

Fun Canvas Painting Ideas For Kids

1. Loop Watercolor:

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Painting patterns can be even more interesting with loop painting. You must dab the ends of a rope or thick string on the desired watercolor and smear the ends on the canvas. You could make a pattern of smears – geometrical, concentric or linear. Or you might want to make a creature or an object with the loops smears. It is an easy and interesting way for kids to get their canvas look a little different.

2. Tape Collage:

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Why stick to a bland background? Make this canvas  paintings for kids look striking with a dark background and a contrasting piece of art that stands out. Paint the canvas black. Then take duct tapes in different sizes and stick them on the board in a variety of shapes. Go all flowery or geometrical – it’s just what your kid wants to do. If you are using a dark colored duct tape, you might want to use a light background. It depends on how you want the tape collage to look like. Simply get your child to have the fun of pulling out, bending, turning and pasting the tapes on the board. It is a simple and  easy canvas painting for kids of all age groups.

3. Notice Board:

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Your canvas will look more like a utility board with this one. Paint the background in a dark shade. Use strips of paper or any other torn papers, post-its, and white duct tapes and stick them on the board. Put up the board on the walls around the places that you pass by the most. You will be surprised with a notice or a reminder that your little one has left for you. You could also use it to discipline your kids and to keep your check lists.

4. A Photo frame:

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You could either paint or make little photo frames on the canvas. If you paint, make sure you have pasted cellophane or duct tape to hold the images on the canvas. If you wanted to get more ‘crafty’, you could use squares of cardboard with edges held by ice-creams sticks. Stick these pockets on canvas. The canvas looks like a photo frame board that can be hung at just about any favorite corner of your house.

5. Canvas Letters:

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Kids could imprint their initials on the canvas. It will turn out to be brilliant for their bedrooms. And it’s quite a neat idea ;) Here is all you will need to do. Get the canvas. Get acrylic paints – in all the colors possible. You will need masking tape to make the monograms. Pull out the masking tape to make the initials of your children’s names. Stick it on the board. Use broad paintbrushes for the coloring. It will be ideal to paint the background. Once that is done, ask the kids to streak, smear and fudge over the board in all color combinations. Let the paint dry. Once dry, you must peel of the duct tape. The impression of the initial left behind will look amazing on the canvas. It is a colorful and simple canvas painting ideas for kids that can make by themselves.

6. Graffiti Canvas:

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Your kids could have an amazing graffiti masterpiece – even if they aren’t graffiti artistes, they could become one. Get pencils, market pens, paints, sprays, scrapper, masking tape, and, of course, the canvas ready. Think of the word you want to write. Or simply re-create the following.

There are loads of other links on the internet that will help you become an expert graffiti artist on canvas.

7. Doodle Patterns:

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Make patterns of ribbon or lockets or loops…or just about anything that you can make with a thread. Simply make shapes with the help of threads. Dip the threads in the desired paints and imprint the doodles on canvas. Don’t be surprised if you child comes up with cute little things like that of a butterfly or something more grotesque like a devil’s horns ;)

8. Nature Science On Canvas:

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Transform the canvas into a zoology, botany or an entomology specimen keeper! It could be a good learning experience for kids as well. Gather a variety of flowers, leaves or stems. If you can find dead butterflies or grasshoppers, you might want to stick them too on the canvas. Your kids can learn the shapes, the colors and – technically – the morphology of plants. Who knows, stuff like this might turn out to be cool archives as they progress towards higher grades.

9. Melted Crayon Art On Canvas:

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This is one of the top favorites of kids. Melted crayons on canvas are not only fun because they appear pretty, but also that the act of melting itself keeps kids all excited. Here’s how you should do it:

  • Get your canvas, crayons, hot gun glue, and a hair dryer ready. You might also want to get old newspapers to keep out any mess on the walls or the floor. Make sure you too are wearing an apron and gloves to prevent wax smears on yourself.
  • Arrange the crayons in the order that you wants – let’s say all shades of one color juxtaposed with the shades of other. Rainbow colors are more popular with kids, though.
  • Now unwrap the crayons (optional – some don’t unwrap them, and it still gives great results). Hot glue them to the top edge of the canvas. You could also cut the crayons into half and then stick them in as it will give a more natural look with the top few centimeters being less conspicuously lined with real crayons.
  • Get the canvas stand against a wall in a slant position. (You will already have spread out the newspapers underneath to catch the spills).
  • Now blow dry the crayons – with the dryer pointing downward (preferably). The crayons will start melting, and the melted wax will drip down. It will make an amazing sight ;)
  • A heat gun could alternatively be used to do the job. It’s usually available at craft stores.
  • Leave the white spaces empty or color them as per your wish. (I’d rather leave them out to accentuate the melted look).

10. Paint Blot On Canvas:

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This cool activity will blow your kids away with the prettiness. All that you will need is some blotting papers or kitchen paper towels that will absorb watercolors instantly. Just smudge them on the canvas or paste them once dry. You must be extremely careful with not tearing away the super-thin papers that are already soaked in paint, though. They will make a delightful combination of colors as the papers blend into canvas.

11. Sticky Bits On Canvas:

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Get chunks of confetti or color papers torn or cut in irregular bits. Instead if you find used or waste color papers, they could be put to good use now. Simply get a canvas painted in the desired background. Once dry, apply glue randomly. Throw the chunks the canvas so they stick in. After a while, shake out the bits that haven’t dried and should you want try sticking them again in the empty spaces. You might also want to spray-paint or past shimmers on the empty spaces. It will turn out quite a starry collage.

12. Pom Pom On Canvas:

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How about gluing out pom poms on canvas in the desired pattern? The more diverse the colors, the more interesting it will be for kids to do this activity. They could as well paste the alphabet or numbers through pom poms. Both learning and fun at one go!

13. Buttons On Canvas:

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Or stick an assortment of buttons on canvas for the desired shapes and colors! This kids canvas painting helps them to explore their inner creativity.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the benefits of canvas paintings for children?

What are the benefits of canvas paintings for children?

2. At what age can children start painting on canvas?

Once your child is comfortable using paints and has understood how to spread them with a brush, you can introduce them to painting on canvas. They could start as early as three years old. Alternatively, they could use their fingers to paint. However, ensure they do not ingest the paints.

Teaching canvas painting to kids fosters creativity and skill development and enhances cognitive abilities in them. You may give step-by-step painting instructions to make them learn the basic painting techniques. Loop watercolor, tape collage, notice board, a photo frame, canvas letters, and doodle patterns are some of the easiest paintings to learn. Buttons, sticky bits, and pom poms can be glued to canvas to create letters or shapes. Melted crayons and paint blots can also be done on a canvas. Kids may also use canvas to keep their botany, zoology, or entomology specimens.

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Debolina Raja

Debolina Raja came into the writing world while she was playing around with words and participating in various literary events. In the professional world, she found her writing interest in various genres such as health, wellness, parenting, relationship, and brand management. Having done a Masters degree in English literature from Delhi University, she loves reading, heading out on road trips, hibernating... more