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Creative Art Ideas for Kids Using Holes in Paper

by Jean Van't Hul
November 18, 2022
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Here are some of our favorite creative art ideas for kids, including hole drawings and paintings, to challenge their thinking and inspire creativity.

Updated January 2023

If you’re like us, you’re always looking for creative art ideas for kids to challenge their thinking and their artmaking.

Hole challenge drawings (and paintings, collages, etc.) are just the sort of art activity that will really get the creative juices flowing because they force kids to think outside the box.

You may be surprised by some of the artwork your kids come up with!

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Creative Art Ideas for Kids Using Holes in Paper

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1. Draw around the hole

Cut holes of any size or shape out of paper then offer to your children along with a drawing tool. If they’re confused (“There’s something wrong with my paper.”) just tell them it’s a new kind of drawing and that they can draw around the hole or incorporate the hole into their image somehow.

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2. Paint on paper with one or more holes

Same as above, just offer paint with the hole challenge paper. Painting around (or on!) a hole can inspire kids’ creativity in an entirely new way.

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3. Sticker collage on hole paper

Try stationery stickers such as hole reinforcement stickers or colored dot stickers. Kids may create patterns or images around the holes or incorporate the hole as an integral shape of something they want to create

You can also do the reverse by adding something extra to a piece of paper before handing it to your child and making that the challenge.

What are your family’s favorite art ideas to spark creativity?

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