10 Ideas For Painting With Children


We develop children’s creativity while having fun with painting.

Little cap

We keep the wine corks to make brushes of circles. It is interesting to see how one can get to make a canvas simply with circles.

Tree painting with corks

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With the hands

Print your hands on a sheet and try to create a work from this shape. Experiment, fingers tight and then fingers apart, it will move your imagination. You can also use fingerprints.

Owls in painting hands and fingers

(Source: Creating Really Awesome Free Things )

Mini mini mini

With a Q-Tips, we strive to make a dotted work. Not always easy, but it makes our dexterity work.

Children painting cotton-rods

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Tape! Tape!

Instead of chasing flies with a fly swatter (clean!), Try instead to make flowers in paint. Precautions to take: washing paint

and old clothes.

Children fly paint

(Source: The Imagination Tree )


Celery is much more fun when you can use it to make beautiful roses. It can also be done with other fruits or vegetables.

Pink roses with celery

(Source: Maureen Cracknell Handmade )

Fragrance paint

For a special project, you can paint with Kool-Aid mix. The result looks like water paint with a big plus: it smells good!

Kool-Aid paint bags

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Salt painting

Nothing easier! And yet, salt gives a texture to our painting. We need water paint and table salt. We paint on a sheet and each time we finish with a color – and before the water dries – we sprinkle with salt. We let everything act. Repeat as many times as necessary. As a clue, children are told that every time they rinse their brush in the water, they must sprinkle their works with salt.

Salt painting fish

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Nice graffiti

We like to draw on sidewalks and driveways. But chalk is not always enough for our little artists. They are therefore prepared with a mixture of a little water, corn starch and food coloring (2 portions of water for a portion of cornstarch). We try to obtain a texture similar to water paint in just a little thicker. These graffiti magically disappear when the first rain falls : click here

Washable graffiti paint asphalt

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Various tools

What do an old toothbrush, a comb, a pot-pile, a bottle of water, a fork, a sponge and a penny have in common? They can very well serve as brushes for a “paint without brush” activity. A good way to otherwise stimulate children’s imagination.

Brush painting

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Flowers in paint with plastic bottle

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Stained glass minute

A few colors of paint are poured into a resealable plastic bag and secured with sturdy tape on the glass of our patio door.

We let our children create an ephemeral fresco but very pretty in the sun

Child painting glass

Do you often paint with your children?

Nadine Descheneaux, editor

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