Art activities for kids have my heart.
I know. It seems scary introducing paint to toddlers or handing over a fresh pack of markers. I get it. The possible mess is not the love language for all.
But what if the potential mess also came with the possibility of increasing concentration, creativity, and self-control?
Before you click away, I assure you that I kept all art lovers and naysayers in mind when organizing this post.
This roundup is not an art list of Pinterest crafts. Instead, this post is an excellent list of art activities to develop motor skills, deepen concentration, and encourage self-expression.
RELATED: Prefer a picture to go with every activity? Here is our complete list of art activities for kids.
Inside this art activity for kids post, you will find THREE categories:
- Easy art ideas
- Painting ideas for kids
- Recyclable Art ideas
Remember – children do not need complicated art activities! I find the simplest ideas have the most longevity for play.
Keep art ideas open-ended with techniques that allow children to test their own artistic abilities.
The Best List for Art Supplies
From paintbrushes to our favorite scissors. Our favorite craft and art supplies for kids.
How art benefits young children
Sure, we know that art is essential. But what are the advantages of having toddlers and preschoolers introduced to art at an early age?
- Provides an outlet for emotions
- Strengthens fine motor skills holding art supplies
- Enhances creativity
- Encourages self-control
- Increases concentration
- Allows children to take on independent tasks such as set up
- Encourages independence with clean up
- Develops a sense of self
- Increases confidence
Easy Art Ideas:
Let’s keep things simple. This list of easy art ideas for kids has precisely that: quick setup and easy cleanup.
- Tissue Paper Eggs
- Color the Pup Tower – Days with Grey
- Winter Mittens – Days with Grey
- Mystery Leaf Rubbings – Days with Grey
- Foil and Washi Tape – The Craft Train
- Color by Number – Days with Grey
- Cut and Glue Snowman Art – Days with Grey
- Table Art – Toddler Approved
- Bubble Art – Best Ideas for Kids
- Tissue Paper Ornament Art – Days with Grey
- Paper Collages – Friend’s Art Lab
- Glue the Fall Leaves – Days with Grey
- Ruler Drawings – Friends Art Lab
- Simple Clay Activities – Days with Grey
- Spring Snack Bags – Days with Grey
- Hole Punching Designs – Days with Grey
Need a painting starting place?
This is it!
Painting Ideas for Kids:
- 40 Easy Painting Ideas for Kids – Days with Grey
- Paint by Dots
- Watercolor Winter Hats – Days with Grey
- Water Pistol Painting – Messy Little Monster
- Free Choice Paint – The supplies to get started – Days with Grey
- Paint by Number – Days with Grey
- Watercolor Shape Painting – Days with Grey
- Shower Curtain Painting – Happy Toddler Playtime
- Paint the Ice – Days with Grey
- Watercolor Painting for Kids – Days with Grey
- Black Glue Watercolor Painting – Glitter on a Dime
- Bathmat Eye Dropper Painting – Friend’s Art Lab
- Rock Painting – Days with Grey
- Let’s Paint Elmer the Elephant – Days with Grey
- Sponge Painting – Days with Grey
- Watercolor Lace Hanging – Red Ted Art
- Bounce Paint – Days with Grey
- Fall Leaf Painting – Days with Grey
- Outdoor Toy Paint – Busy Toddler
- Paint the Shredded Paper – Days with Grey
- Paint the Sticks – Days with Grey
- Mess-Free Monster Painting – Toddler Approved
- Magic Chalk Painting – Days with Grey
Recyclable Art Ideas:
- 40 Ways to Play with Paper Tubes
- 15 Art Activities for Boxes
- Cardboard Box Tree – Days with Grey
- Printmaking with Recycles – Projects with Kids
- Scrap Paper Designs – Barley and Birch
- Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Letters – Art Bar
- Paper Bag Turkey Art – Days with Grey
- Window Art with Scrap Paper – And Next Comes L
- Nature Murals – Days with Grey
- Let’s Make DIY Crayons – Days with Grey
- Cardboard Tubes Sculptures – Art Bar
- Cardboard Faces – Art Bar
- Recycled Scrap Wood Art – Barley and Birch
- Bubble Wrap Art – Days with Grey
- Rainbow Weaving – Days with Grey
- How to Recycle Old Markers – Days with Grey
- Giant Tape Resist – Busy Toddler
- Paper Tube Color Maze – Days with Grey
- Invitation to Create with Recycles – Days with Grey
Art can help children calm their bodies, express emotions, and increase their ability to concentrate on a task. Art also improves hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. As children become invested in the arts, they become more self-aware and can process knowledge and skills through a creative outlet. Interest in the arts can also increase optimism, creative thinking, and intrinsic motivation to complete ideas and tasks.
Children do not need much instruction with art activities. Provide materials found around the house and include an “I wonder…” statement for children to dive into.
Prompt crafts and artistic direction with statements like:
I wonder what you can create with these craft sticks? I wonder what you will discover with this water and glue combo? How will these scraps of paper look on this piece of cardboard?