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21 Outdoor Art Ideas for Kids


More than 21 fun outdoor art ideas for kids that are perfect for warmer weather. These art activities are extra big, extra messy, and are perfect for the outdoors.

A cardboard tunnel and ramp setup for painting with wheels for kids art activity
Photo by Rachel Withers

Updated May 2021

Today we have some seriously fun outdoor art ideas that you might want to try with your kids while the weather is nice. Plus one to save for a rainy day.

We do plenty of art inside, of course, but we also like to take our creative activities to the backyard. Sometimes just because we want to be outside enjoying beautiful weather and we also want to do art.

There’s always simply painting or drawing! Or just about any other art activity that we would normally do inside.

But some art activities are just better suited to the outdoors, whether because they involve nature, need more space, are extra messy, or use outdoor equipment.

So I put together a list of these extra fun and interesting outdoor art activities for kids. Try one today and add some of the others to your summer bucket list. Many of these activities would be fun for a play date, party, a children’s art group, or even a neighborhood summer camp.

P.S. This post got crazy big, so I made a separate post on Nature Art for Kids

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21+ Outdoor Art Ideas for Kids

pink, purple and blue splatter painting
Photo by Rachel Withers
spray painting
water balloon painting in the pool
A red car on cardboard with tracks from painting with wheels
Photo by Rachel Withers
How to Make Sunprints for Kids_FB
Photo by Rachel Withers
paint your own playhouse
Oobleck and toys at sensory table
Photo by Rachel Withers
bubble printing
splat painting
Fizzy Glitter Potions - A Fun Sensory Idea for Kids
painted rocks
Photo by Rachel Withers
Ice Sculptures made with the salt melting ice experiment, colorful ice tunnels, and animal figurines

How about you? Which outdoor art ideas would you like to try? Any fun ones you would add to the list?

Looking for NATURE ART ideas? I have a whole post of 33 Nature Art Ideas for Kids that includes ideas for outside and in.

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21 Outdoor Art Ideas for Kids


  • Reply
    Hunter H. Diaz
    April 20, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Hi Jean.

    These activities are great. They are very necessary for children. I will try some with my daughter

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    April 26, 2016 at 10:36 am

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    June 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Every child is an artist Keep looking up there may be a rainbow waiting for you

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    May 26, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks again Sincerely I will try these activities with kid’s during summer 2018

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