Splatter Painting with Kids - Finished Artwork
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Splatter Painting with Kids – Crazy Good Fun for All Ages


Splatter painting is a favorite action art activity for kids of all ages! Here are tips and tricks plus ideas for what to do with the finished artworks.

Splatter Painting with Kids

Have you done splatter painting with kids? If so, you know how fun this action art activity can be.

There’s splatter painting and then there’s splatter painting. And kids like it all.

  • It’s a matter of how much you flick your wrist
  • How much and what kind of paint you use
  • How big your canvas is
  • & with how much enthusiasm you approach splatter painting.

One thing is for sure.

Splatter painting is a big-time favorite with all the kids I’ve known.

I’ve done art with many kids over the years—in weekly art groups, art classes, with my own kids, and with their friends—and everyone loves splatter painting.

Heck, I love splatter painting.

Splatter paint art and a cup of paint

How To Do Splatter Painting with Kids 

Okay, that’s enough gushing. I’m going to share the best instructions for splatter painting with kids (you and I know there’s not much to it) as well as some tips and tricks and different ways you can do this.

  • Small and big
  • On paper, canvas, cardboard, forts
  • With watercolors, tempera, acrylics
  • With toddlers, preschoolers, big kids, adults

Plus I’ll share some ideas for what to do with your finished splatter art.

Runny Paints in Cups for Splatter Painting


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  • Paper (or cardboard, poster board, or a bed sheet)
  • Spoon or brush

*A somewhat liquid or runny paint is best for splatter painting. (All the better for splattering with, my dear.) We’ve used all different kinds, including liquid watercolors, watered-down tempera paint, and watered down or craft acrylics.

Splatter Painting with Kids Outside


First, set up for splatter painting

If you’re doing your splatter painting OUTSIDE, simply lay your paper on the ground and go at it. (We used cardboard as a sturdy surface, but it isn’t necessary.)

If you’re brave enough to do splatter painting INSIDE, I recommend covering your work surface with a drop cloth and doing it on a smaller scale (think wrist flicks instead of whole arm flicks).

Splatter Painting with Kids - Experimenting with a Range of Motion

Now, start splatter painting!

  1. Dip your paint brush or spoon into the paint then flick your wrist to splatter the paint across the paper.
  2. Continue splattering with one or more colors until you’re happy with your painting.
  3. Let dry.
Splatter Painting Close Up

Experimenting with a range of splatter motion

  • Experiment with brief wrist flicks or expansive wrist flicks.
  • Splatter with your whole arm, upper body, or entire body.
  • Try splattering close to the surface or far away.
  • Try circular motions or up and down motions.
Splatter Painting with Kids - What to do with the finished splatter art

What to Do with Your Splatter Art

Now that you’ve had fun splatter painting, what will you do with your splatter art? Here are some ideas…

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Splatter Painting with Kids - Crazy Good Fun for All Ages


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    August 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I’m thinking of doing this with T-shirts instead of regular paper/canvas. What type of ink would you recommend?

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      Jean Van't Hul
      August 9, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Watered-down acrylic paints (or the liquid kind of craft acrylic paints) would be best on fabric as they are permanent. Have fun!

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      October 16, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      dont do it at all

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      Josh Mason
      May 31, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      That T-shirt idea could end up spawning a photoshoot as well by simply wearing the white shirts and splatter-painting each other while wearing them.

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    January 8, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    What is the fun in that? The messier the better, and wow whata memory to share!

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    Franklin White
    March 19, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    I like the advice you gave to layout paper on the ground and have cardboard beneath it so it acts a sturdy surface. My youngest son is turning five next week and I think he would love this! I’ll find a company that can come and provide the paint for us so we don’t have to worry about buying paint that won’t potentially harm our son and his friends.

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