Kids Art Activities :: 11 Parenting Bloggers Share Their Favorites

Kids Art Activities - 11 Parenting Bloggers Share Their Favorites

Every family has their favorites when it comes to kids’ art activities, but most of us (surely I’m not the only one?) are always on the look out for new fun art activities.

With that in mind, I asked 11 great parenting bloggers to share their favorite art activities with us. Their answers ranged from milk paint and suminagashi to a rainy day doodle game and duct tape flowers. Note: Make sure to click through on the links below for their blog posts on the art activities mentioned and any further description or tutorial.

I hope you find some new ideas here to try with your families. And who knows? Maybe they’ll become a favorite in your household, too!

Kids Art Activities :: 11 Parenting Bloggers Share Their Favorites

Window Art Play At Home Mom

1. Play at Home Mom

“We love making window art because it is open-ended and fun to do whether you are 2 or 92. We love how one simple frame can become so many different things in the eyes of a child. Pouring/dumping glue and peeling it off your fingers is fun, too.”

Suminagashi Inner Child Fun

2. Valerie Deneen, Inner Child Fun

“Suminagashi. Hands down. It is my daughter’s most requested art project EVER. We love that each print is totally unique, and that there’s really no wrong way to do it. She could make marbled prints all day long, if I let her. LOL”

Pass the Drawing Creative with Kids

3. Alissa Marquess, Creative with Kids

“We like to play Pass the Drawings. It’s something that different ages can enjoy together and sometimes we come up with fun themes like ‘robots’ or ‘flowers.’ We love seeing how the drawings evolve with each person’s input.”

Playful Learning Pressed Flower Bookmarks

4. Mariah Bruehl, Playful Learning

“Every spring and summer it has become a treasured tradition to collect and press leaves and flowers. We keep them handy in our art area and enjoy using them to make handmade cards and bookmarks. We give them out as gifts and always save a few to have around the house. Every time we reach for a bookmark it brings back fun crafty memories.”

Spin Art Not Just Cute

5. Amanda Morgan, Not Just Cute

“We like to do spin art with the record player. It’s exciting movement art, but because we use markers it’s quick and easy to get out and put away and low mess!”

Pink and Green Mama Glue Resist Painting

6. MaryLea Harris, Pink and Green Mama

“A favorite activity of ours is watercolor resist with colored glue. It is kid friendly, easy to do, and we always have the supplies around our art room to do it. This technique adds another level of sophistication to their paintings! We love playing with black glue (just add black acrylic paint to some school glue) because it gives a stained glass window effect to our watercolor paintings. It’s almost like making a puffy coloring book page—the raised (dry) black glue edges act as a barrier/outline between the bold watercolor colors.”

Melissa Taylor Art Journaling for Kids  Melissa Taylor Art Journaling for Kids 2

7. Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

“Art journaling fills my need to express myself creatively. My kids love to art journal because they get to use lots of techniques, and materials. Art journaling is our favorite art activity to do together – we all get a lot out of it, we can be together, and it’s lots of creative fun. (Plus, I count it as some writing, too!)”

TinkerLab Milk Paint

8. Rachelle Doorley, TinkerLab

“Like many kids, my 4-year old enjoys the challenge of making her own potions, recipes, and paints. A recent favorite paint recipe uses sweetened condensed milk as the base, and my kids enjoyed taste-testing their concoction (without going overboard…I was surprised), while proudly creating an art material with their own hands.”

Red Ted Art K is for Kingfisher

9. Maggy Woodley, Red Ted Art

“We recently started an Alphabet Handprint series, in order to get messy, as well as support my son’s activities at his nursery. I didn’t anticipate quite how much we would all enjoy it! My daughter simply loves getting messy. My son loves choosing a new animal each week and figuring out how we will do it. And I love how much the kids are enjoying the process, as well as the challenge of “what next”. We have all the letters displayed both in our family room and my son’s bedroom!”

Make and Takes Pipe Cleaner Caterpillars

10. Marie LeBaron, Make and Takes

“We love to play with pipe cleaners. There are so many fun things you can make and create with these fuzzy wire sticks. You can twirl them into wands, make silly shape glasses to wear, and string beads to make a sweet caterpillar.”

Duct Tape Flowers Skip to My Lou

11. Cindy Hopper, Skip to My Lou

My daughter and I love to craft with things on hand—a spontaneous endeavor where we can create together! From making duct tape flowers to pretty up our shoes or designing a cover for a pocket calendar, we enjoy best those activities that we create something we can use to bring a little fun and artistic flair to our everyday world!”
How about you? What’s your family’s current favorite kids art activities? While I asked these parenting bloggers to keep it to one favorite for this round-up, you and I both know that most of us have more than one. So feel free to share a few if you like!
I look forward to hearing everyone’s favorites! (Ours are currently spin painting and Simon Says, draw).
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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author and educator
    July 26, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Some beautiful art ideas, and some fun little crafts too. Life is full of joyful fun.

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    July 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Wow, so many great ideas. I can’t wait to try the suminagashi.

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    Jen Kafizov
    July 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Sand finger paint, love it! I also think the pass the drawing idea is great. We will for sure use that as a first day of class ice breaker this year!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 26, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Thanks MaryAnn!

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    July 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for all of the great ideas!

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    Catherine Chapman
    July 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    My daughter loves her felt board and story telling cards. =) I can’t wait to try these new ideas!

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    Jen Fischer
    July 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I love all of these and have been meaning to do pipe cleaner caterpillars with my son – good for fine motor skills. I also think we’ll have to do those bookmarks!

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    maggy, red ted art
    July 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful set of arty activities! I have to say.. I SOOOO want to start an Art Journal now. So inspiring!
    (Thank you for including our handprint art)

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    July 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    GREAT ideas!

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    Pink and Green Mama MaryLea
    July 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Some of my favorite lovely blogger ladies!! Can’t wait to introduce the girls to some fun new ideas from here…thank you so much for including me in such a wonderful list! : )

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Same here! I just ordered one of the kits and can’t wait until it arrives!!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    What a great idea to use it as a class ice breaker! Love it!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Which story telling cards do you have? I think we’re due for a new set… perhaps for an upcoming birthday.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    You’re welcome, Laurie!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Definitely good for fine motor skills! Plus, just plain fun. :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Me too, Maggy! And thanks for sharing your family’s favorite art activity with us!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks, Michelle!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    July 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your favorite with us, MaryLea! I can’t wait to try the black glue resist with my girls!

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    Rachelle | TinkerLab
    July 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    What an inspiring list — I’m honored to be part of it. Like Melissa, we use our sketchbooks almost daily. Over time, it’s really rewarding to look back and learn from all of our earlier ideas. I’m eager to try Maggy’s handprint idea — I love that!

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    July 27, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Sand paint! I wish I had know about it the other day when I placed my order! I love all the great new ideas I get from reading your blog!

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    July 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    great activities! and we can never have too much finger paint!

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    July 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Love this list. Our faves definitely include drawing (plain and simple – with pencil or colored pencil) and playdough.

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    Toddler Approved
    July 29, 2012 at 2:12 am

    What a beautiful post! Love all of these great ideas and fabulous bloggers!

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