Our kids LOVE to paint! Anything that involves a paint brush and color is an automatic parenting WIN in our house – and keeps ALL the kids occupied for a good while! One of my favorite bloggers Julie at Emma Owl has incredibly creative craft ideas for kids of all ages. I love her painting projects and I am sure you will too!
Painting with Salt and color drops:
With just a few household items you can create beautiful masterpieces. (Click to get instructions)
Make your own Baby Paint – completely edible:
Babies LOVE to explore textures, colors and taste. There is nothing cuter than baby’s first artwork, especially seeing their reaction to your smiles and praise. (Click to get instructions)
Anything related to bubbles is a huge hit with our kids. The supplies needed for this colorful projects are more than likely already in your kitchen and craft closet! (Click to get instructions)
This creative twist to the fun bubble pictures makes this a fun springtime project. (Click to get instructions)
Cork Dotted Snail and Cork Dotted Button Flowers:
These projects are adorable and who doesn’t have a cork (or two) laying around the house?! – And if not, well then it’s a perfect excuse for a mom’s night in! This craft idea is a great exercise for fine motor skills in toddlers and preschoolers. (Click here and here to get instructions)
I love any craft project that memorializes my kids’ hand or foot prints. This is such a cute idea, if your child doesn’t decide to take off and run through your house with little rainbow feet. Added bonus: it’s a great sensory experience to walk through the paint and onto the paper. (Click to get instructions)
Glitter Sidewalk Paint:
Our kids LOVE coloring with chalk outside; it is an activity that all of our four boys will do together. I think it is adorable to walk through the neighborhood and see all the artwork carefully created along the sidewalk, it gives our street that “homey feel”. (Click to get instructions)
Watermelon Rind Rainbows:
I would have never thought of this myself, but I love it! It is creative, makes use of something we already have at home and it will keep the kids occupied and happy – what is there not to love about this project?! (Click to get instructions)
Puffy Paint Ice Cream:
This is such a colorful and creative idea. It is perfect for an ice cream themed birthday party or sleepover. There is simply no wrong way to make these pictures and the results will be stunning every time. (Click to get instructions)
Make your Own Brushes:
This is the kind of project that you can complete after going for a walk in your neighborhood. Finding objects with fun textures can occupy preschoolers for quite a while. (Click to get instructions)
Now do you see why I love Emma Owl?! All these projects can be done with items you already have at home. You don’t need to break the budget on fancy ingredients and supplies you will never use again. The set up time is minimal, but the entertainment value is huge. These projects can keep your children busy for hours. Before you start a big craft project, check out these ideas for quick craft preparation and clean up.
Check out Emma Owl’s website for more awesome and creative ideas. She shares more great content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, so be sure to follow her.
Which project are you going to try first?
Thanks for these AWESOME activities! Pinning now!