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7 Fun Painting Ideas for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
January 1, 2023
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If you’re looking for new painting ideas for kids, here are seven that you may not have tried yet. Each involves little more than paint and paper, but all are fun and unique!

Updated January 2023

We love painting, but sometimes it can feel like we do the same old painting activities over and over again. So here are 7 new painting ideas to try!

And if you are looking for recommendations on what paint to use, check out our post on the best paints for kids. As well as the best paper for kids’ art.

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Painting Ideas for Kids

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

1. Spin Painting

All you need is paint, circular paper and a salad spinner for this super-fun action art activity.

Drip Painting with Kids on a DIY Cardboard Easel
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

2. Drip Painting

Explore gravity in art with this easy and fun art activity that results in unique artworks every time.

smush butterflies
Photo by Andrea Martelle

3. Blot Art

Also known as blotto painting, smush painting, or squish painting. No matter what you call it, though, it’s a super fun art activity.

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

4. Pointillism Art with Cotton Swabs 

Q-tip painting and pointillism is an easy art project you can set up quickly. It can also be used to learn about Seurat and impressionism.

blow painting with straws
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5. Blow Painting with Straws

Simple, yet lots of fun for kids of all ages. Use a straw to blow liquid paint around on the paper, creating interesting designs.

Photo by Rachel Withers

6. Splatter Painting

Splatter painting is a favorite messy art activity for kids of all ages!

rainbow scraper art
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7. Rainbows Scrape Painting

Scraper art is a fun, process art activity for kids and can be used to create a variety of textures and looks, including scraper art rainbows.

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