Excellent art ideas for little kids

Shadow Tracing Part 1 

When the sun shines, why not do some shadow tracing around the shadows of your little one’s favourite toys?  

It’s a great way to develop their hand-eye coordination, fine motor control and learn a little science too!   

All you need are interesting objects and paper.  

Make sure the chosen toys are lined up in the sun and casting a shadow onto the paper and there you have it! 

Thanks to Colourful Minds for the idea.

Happy Tracing!  

Shadow Tracing Part 2 

Here’s another great shadow tracing idea!  

This time, pop your little one’s chosen toys or objects on a piece of paper near a source of natural light. 

Then, visit the toys at different times over the course of the day, each time drawing around the shadow’s outline. 

Finally, encourage your little one to look at the different shapes and outlines. 

You might like to colour them in!  

We thought they looked a lot like Kandinsky’s Circles

Here are some more ideas from the Nurture Store.

Why not give it a glow?

shadow tracing

Milk Magic 

This idea is mesmerising!

All you need is a shallow dish or plate, some milk, some food colouring, some washing up liquid and some cotton buds!  

See the magic happen here!  

With thanks to LEARNING4KIDS for this idea.  

Happy Mixing!  


Tulip Art

This is a lovely idea for making simple flower art!

Do it inside, or outside if you can!   

All you need is a fork, some paint and some paper. 

With thanks to MOM LIFE – KEEPING IT REAL for the idea.   

Happy Creating!  

tulip art

Rock Painting 

Does your little one love to pick up pebbles, stones, rocks or the tiniest little bits of gravel whilst they are out and about?  

Here’s a lovely idea using those very things…rock painting!  

Whilst your little one is busy having fun covering their stone in paint, they’re also learning to paint a solid object, which really helps to develop their hand-eye coordination.  

Watch these little brothers having fun painting!   

Rock on!

Mud Painting 

 Rain, rain, go away!  If you’re in need of some sunshine, why not brighten up your landscape with some mud paint?  

It’s so easy to make - just collect some soil, add water to it and mix.  Then, encourage your little one to add a little or a lot of water to create thick, lumpy, runny, smooth pots of mud! 

Watch Eddie as he wallows in mud! 

You can also add food colouring if you want to, then find a bit of pavement, fence or tree and paint away! 

The glorious thing about a mud picture is that once you have taken a photo it can be washed away...or just let the rain do it! 

Happy Painting.

mud painting

Painting in the Kitchen 

Here’s a lovely idea from Busy Toddler, a way to get creative and paint not with brushes, but with kitchen tools instead!  

So, ditch those brushes for a potato masher, whisk, tongs, spatula, colander…whatever kitchen utensils you have! 

Watch your little one explore all the different ways the tools can be used, and talk about all the different marks they make.  

Have a smashing, stamping, spreading, swishing, swirling, splattering time! 

Homemade Paintbrushes 

Here’s a great idea from Emma Owl. 

All you need are clothes pegs and various bits and bobs your little one can find that will easily fit into them. Hey presto!  Brushes to experiment with!  

Don’t forget to talk about the different brushes and the marks they make.

Which brush did your little one like the best?  

See what Emma used here.  

Happy brushing!  

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