20 Unique And Fun Painting Ideas For Kids To Try

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Children love bright colors and artistic activities. So, we are here with some painting ideas for kids to help develop their motor skills and thinking abilities. Many therapists believe that painting can help children express their deep emotions. At home, art helps children stay engaged and develop strong bonds with others. Coming up with innovative ways to involve children in art is not difficult. You need some paints, simple materials, free time, and lots of creativity. However, if you struggle with finding new painting ideas, this post has compiled a list of some of the best ones that need little preparation time and are fun.

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1. Fall Leaves With Coffee Filters And Glue Gun:

You Will Need:

  • A few coffee filters
  • A glue gun
  • Watercolors
  • Paint brushes
  • A pair of safety scissors
  • A pencil

How To:

  1. Help your kid by drawing the outlines of leaves on the coffee filters and help them cut out on the outlines.
  1. Let your kid make the lines on the leaves using the glue gun.
  1. Set the coffee filters aside till the glue has completely dried.
  1. Now help your kid color the coffee filter leaves using the water color shades of his choice.

2. Paper Towel Tube Print Hanging Wall Décor:

You Will Need:

  • Empty paper towel tubes
  • A paper towel each for the empty paper towel tubes
  • Paints in different shades
  • An old cardboard box
  • Glue
  • An old paintbrush to apply the glue
  • Cord or ribbon – optional

How To:

  1. Help your kid by layering the empty paper towel tube with glue. Place the paper towel on the paper towel tube and help your kid cover it up.
  1. Let your kid squirt the paints in the cardboard box. Choose one that is shallow, as it will make it easier for your kid to roll and paint. Encourage your kid to make lots of interesting and bold color choices that will make the print look even prettier.
  1. Once done, ask your kid to place the covered paper towel tube on one side of the cardboard box. Next, ask your kid to roll it from over the colors to the other side of the cardboard box. Your kid will love seeing the colors mix and match on the tube and make unique patterns.
  1. Once done, put up the printed paper towel tubes to a side to dry. You can hang them up using cords or ribbons to create a pretty printed wall décor.

Isn’t this an amazing kids painting idea?

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Handprint Art:

You Will Need:

  • A cardboard sheet or paper on which you want to make the art
  • Paints and paintbrushes
  • An A4 sheet of construction paper in orange
  • Craft glue
  • A bucket of soapy water and an old towel to clean up
  • Disposable paper plates

How To:

  1. Help your kid pour out the paint on the paper plates. Green paint for the body of the caterpillar, blue for the legs and red for the head.
  1. Let your kid put his palms in the green paint and press the handprints on the paper. Next, ask him to put his fingers in the blue paint and make the legs under the green body.
  1. Your kid may need to make up to four hand prints for the body of the caterpillar.
  1. Your kid can make the head using red paint and use black paint to make the antennae and the eyes and nose.
  1. Use the orange construction paper to make the body of a butterfly and use the same hand printing technique to make the wings and antennae.
  1. Your kid can also make some additional designs on the artwork. It is an amazing art painting ideas for kids.

4. Making The Fridge Colorful:

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You Will Need:

  • Eggs from the fridge
  • Some painting colors and a paint brush

How To:

  1. Set up your kid on the dining table with the carton of eggs and a pack of painting colors and paint brushes.
  1. Ask your kid to color the shells of the eggs in different colors and designs of his choice.
  1. Ask him to also be careful so that the eggs do not break.
  1. Once they are done, your kid can help put the eggs back in the fridge, adding a dash of color inside.

5. Crayon Painting Project:

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You Will Need:

  • Lots of crayons in different colors that your kid can use to melt and paint
  • Marble tiles in square
  • A Sharpie marker in black that you can use on the tiles
  • Something to help scrape the color with, maybe old paint brushes

How To:

  1. Ask your kid to make different designs on the tiles using the black sharpie marker.
  1. Once that is complete, ask your kid to place the crayons on top of the drawing, based on what color he wants to use where.
  1. Help your kid to place the tile in the oven and heat it till you can see the crayons have started to melt. Let it heat for some more time.
  1. Once you see that the crayons have melted, very carefully take out the tile from the oven. Make sure you or an adult does this step as it can cause serious injuries to your kid if he does it on his own.
  1. Warn your kid that the tile is hot. Place it on a towel on a sturdy surface.
  1. Help your kid to spread out the melted crayons and paint them with the help of the scraper or the old paint brush.

6. Smiley Face Painting On Wooden Plaque:

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You Will Need:

  • A wooden plaque
  • Some poster colors
  • Some paint brushes
  • Magnetic tapes – optional
  • A pair of safety scissors – if you are using the option of the magnetic tape

How To:

  1. Help your kid draw fun smiley faces on the plaques using different colored paints.
  1. Once your kid finishes painting the plaque, set it aside to let it dry completely.
  1. If you are using the magnetic tape, cut out a piece using the scissors and put it on the plaque to help stick it to your fridge as a magnet.

7. Salt And Water Color Painting:

You Will Need:

  • A white chart or card paper or plain printer paper
  • Watercolors
  • Paint brushes
  • Table salt

How To:

  1. Let your kid paint the paper in different colors using the watercolors to make the background.
  1. Make sure you keep the table salt ready and handy.
  1. As soon as your kid finishes painting the background, ask him to use the salt and sprinkle it over the watercolor to make a design of choice.

8. Drippy Liquid Water Color Paint:

You Will Need:

  • A white printer paper
  • Watercolor paints in your kid’s favorite colors
  • A paper towel
  • A black Sharpie marker

How To:

  1. Help your kid drip the watercolor paints on the printer paper straight from the bottle. Now ask him to blot the extra colors using a paper napkin. If he can’t follow instructions, lead by example and show him how to do it.
  1. Once he is done, set the printer paper aside to dry.
  1. Once the painting is completely dry, ask your kid to draw over the paint. Tell him to use the black Sharpie marker. Tell him that the colorful background is the canvas, and he should sketch on it.

9. The Painted Heart Stamps:

You Will Need:

  • An empty toilet paper roll
  • Paints in different colors such as reds and pinks
  • A plain white sheet of paper
  • Disposable paper plate

How To:

  1. Take the empty toilet paper roll and press down both sides of its edges to bring them towards the center.
  1. The shape that you get by folding the edges inside will resemble a heart.
  1. Now help your kid pour out the paints on the paper plate.
  1. Ask him to dip the edge of the toilet paper roll with the folded heart shape and put as much paint on it as possible. Once your kid has picked up the color of the stamp, ask him to make as many imprints on the paper as he wants, even overlapping ones.

This is one of the beautiful painting ideas for kids bedrooms.

10. Spray Bottle And Watercolor Fun:

You Will Need:

  • An empty spray bottle
  • A blank white sheet of paper
  • Any washable paint in a favorite color
  • Some water

How To:

  1. Help your kid pour the paint inside the spray bottle and then add some water to it. The resultant liquid should be a runny kind of colored water, ensure that you add twice as much water as paint to get a similar consistency.
  1. Place the paper on an area where there is nothing that will get damaged with the paint, even though it is washable.
  1. Let your kid spray the paint from the bottle and make some fun and abstract art.

11. Painting With Yogurt:

You Will Need:

  • Empty cans or small bowls in which you can mix the yogurt
  • Plain yogurt
  • Edible paint in colors of choice
  • A plain sheet of paper or paper bags

How To:

  1. To begin with, teach your kid how to make some beautiful edible paint at home by mixing the yogurt and edible paints. Make sure your kid mixes it properly so that there are no lumps or parts of white yogurt.
  1. Once the yogurt paint is ready, spread it out on the surface on which your kids will paint.
  1. Let your kids use their fingers to design and paint as they wish.

12. Drippy Droopy Watercolor Art:

Painting For Kids –

You Will Need:

  • Some water colors in your kid’s favorite shades
  • Plain white sheets of paper in different sizes
  • Water if required

How To:

  1. Place the sheets of paper on a plain and sturdy surface.
  1. If the water color mix is too thick, and not as runny as you need it to be, mix a little more water to make the mixture runnier.
  1. Ask your kid to get the watercolors drip out directly from the bottle and onto the paper. Now ask him to lift the paper, tilt it or blow it to let the watercolor move. As the paint will move, it will create more intricate and vibrant patterns.

13. Drippy Water Color Flower Art:

You Will Need:

  • Some liquid watercolors in colors of choice
  • Some empty spray bottles
  • Watercolor paper
  • Liquid droppers
  • A pair of safety scissors
  • Water
  • Glue stick

How To:

  1. Ask your kid to cut out different styles of flowers from the watercolor paper. The flowers have to be in big, medium and small size and can be differently styled.
  1. Once all the flowers are in place, ask your kid to spread them out on a flat surface.
  1. Let your kid now drop the liquid watercolors directly from the bottle on top of the water color paper. Your kids can use the liquid droppers to move around the watercolors on the paper or use their fingers to push them around.
  1. Once your kids add as many drops of water color to the mix, show them how to use the spray bottle to water the plants. As your kids will add water sprays, the watercolors will get absorbed in the paper and create beautiful patterns and shades.
  1. Once your kids are done spraying, set the flowers aside to dry completely.
  1. After the flowers are completely dry, ask your kids to sort them as per their size, such as big, medium and small. Now ask them to place the medium flowers on the center of the big ones and the small ones on the center of the medium ones to make the flowers. Glue them together in place.
  1. Keep the flowers as a memory. If you wish to add to the collection, follow the steps again.

14. Paint Dot Murals:

You Will Need:

  • Paint dots
  • Butcher paper or plain white paper in a big size

How To:

  1. Instead of using the paint dots as just a tool to make dots, ask your kids to use them as proper paints and just start painting on the paper in whatever way they feel like. Let them do what they want to, and see how they go about it.
  1. If required ask your kids to squeeze out the paint dots a bit to get more free-flowing paint.

15. Tie And Dye Paper Towel Art:

You Will Need:

  • Some pipettes
  • Some liquid watercolors in favorite shades
  • Some paper towels in the color white

How To:

  1. Pour the liquid watercolors in small disposable cups or bowls in which your kids can easily put the pipettes.
  1. Ask your kids to dip in the pipettes and fill them up with the liquid colors one by one.
  1. Let your kids drop the liquid water colors from the pipettes on the paper towels in such a way that they cover up all the white areas. Ask them to use as many shades as they want.
  1. Set aside the paper towels and allow them to dry before using them to decorate your art wall at home.

This can be a great painting ideas for kids rooms.

16. Shell Painting With Water Colors:

You Will Need:

  • A few shells that your kids want to paint
  • Some watercolors in your kid’s favorite colors
  • A few paint brushes
  • Some water
  • A shallow tray or disposable paper plate
  • Some table salt

How To:

  1. Ask your kids to cover up the shallow tray or the paper plate using the table salt.
  1. Now place the shells on the salt and bring along the water colors.
  1. Let your kids paint on the shells in any way and color pattern they want to.
  1. Once they have completed painting the shells, set them aside to dry and use later as you want.

17. Pour Painting Using Water Colors:

You Will Need:

  • Thick water color paper
  • Painters tape
  • A board that is larger than the paper you will be using and that will not be spoiled if the paint spills on it
  • Water and paint brushes
  • Watercolors or liquid water colors
  • Spray bottle
  • A bin in which your kid can catch all the dripping extras of watercolors

How To:

  1. Help your kid place the watercolor paper on the center of the board and tape it on all sides using the painters tape.
  1. Once the paper is secured in place, ask your kids to dip the paint brush in water and paint it all over the water, without using any paint colors.
  1. Ask your kid to cover the entire stretch of paper with water and make sure no part is left.
  1. Next, let your kids pour the water colors directly on to the paper and ask them to turn the board a little here and there so that the water colors can move around. As the watercolors will move, it will form a beautiful pattern on the paper and will also mix with other colors to make new colors.
  1. Your kids can make as many layers of watercolors as they want, as it will make the prints come out more prominently.
  1. Once your kids are happy with the effect they have got, ask them to tilt the board and drip off all the excess paint into the bin.
  1. Place the watercolor paper aside and let it dry completely before taking off the tape from the sides.

18. Tape Resist Flower Painting:

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You Will Need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Blue painters tape
  • Some big salt crystals

How To:

  1. Ask your kids to rip out the blue painters tape and place it on the water color paper in such a way that it forms a flower design of their choice. This will be their first base of art, where they will draw with the help of the blue tape. For another project of a similar type they can make whatever design they want.
  1. Make sure that your kids plan their painters tape designs carefully before starting, as whatever space they will leave blank will be painted over.
  1. Once the blue painters tape is used to make the art, ask your kids to start painting inside the outline of the flower that they created using the tape.
  1. To add some texture to the flower, ask your kid to sprinkle some salt crystals over the top of the watercolors even as they are all wet.
  1. Next, ask your kid to color all the remaining white areas on the paper in whatever color combination or theme he wants to.
  1. Once all of this is done, set the watercolor paper aside and let it dry completely for as long as it takes.
  1. Once the paper is fully dry, gently shake off the salt crystals to reveal the grainy texture.
  1. You will have to help your kid peel off the tape so that no paper comes along with it.

You can also include this painting projects for kids in school.

19. Water Color Stickers:

Water Color Stickers:

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You Will Need:

  • Watercolor tape
  • Watercolors in your kid’s favorite colors
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Water
  • A pair of safety scissors
  • Washi or freezer tape

How To:

  1. Ask your kid to cut out long strips from the watercolor tape with washi or freezer tape, depending on what your kid will be using.
  1. Make sure that you secure the tape at very small intervals so that it doesn’t become wobbly and make it difficult for your kid to work with.
  1. As soon as the tape is in place, ask your kid to start painting on it with any technique he wants to.
  1. Once it is done, let the tape dry completely.
  1. Remove it from the area and roll it up.
  1. Help your kids to use these handmade watercolor stickers to decorate various items and gifts.

20. Spin Art:

Create unique patterns by using spin art.

You Will Need:

  • Paper plates
  • BioColors, Tempera paints, or Activity colors
  • A pair of scissors
  • Salad spinner

How To:

  1. Mix some colors together to create a dual shade paint or a mix of two beautiful colors.
  1. Now let your kid spoon the mix onto a paper plate. Make sure that you don’t add too much of the paint mix to the plate.
  1. Now place the paper plate in a salad spinner and fire it up.
  1. Take the plate out and repeat with another shade.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is painting good for a two-year-old?

Yes. Playing with paint and painting helps two-year-olds boost their creative and imaginative skills. It also helps develop their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills (5). However, adults should monitor two-year-olds while painting to prevent any mishaps.

2. Which type of painting is best for beginners?

Acrylic paint is an excellent choice to start painting with for beginners, as it is easy to use, paint and clean up.

Painting offers various health benefits for children, including improved spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, visual perception, and healthy expression of emotions. It is a hobby they may enjoy as a stress reliever even after growing up. To help them develop this hobby and keep them entertained, you can introduce them to these exciting painting ideas. Further, you can modify them depending on your child’s age and expertise. Save their artworks in a book or by clicking pictures so that they can cherish them when they are older.

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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...
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