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FLY SWATTER PAINTING: Fly swatters dipped in a paint filled Styrofoam meat tray leaves a lovely patterned effect on the paper when the children hit it… Children really like this activity. Caution: Wear T-shirt cover-ups; use washable paint & do it outside!!!!

We have so many wonderful ideas (now up to 80!) that we moved into page 2!

FLY SWATTER PAINTING: Fly swatters dipped in a paint filled Styrofoam meat tray leaves a lovely patterned effect on the paper when the children hit it… Children really like this activity. Caution: Wear T-shirt cover-ups; use washable paint & do it outside!!!!

Blow Paintings Display Wall

A bright and colorful display, showing  children’s wonderful blow painting work. Contributed by Mona Kawra at Display Photos


SPIDER PAINTING (Similar to ‘to the Abstarct Art’ above-but wet into wettechnique)
Need watercolor paints, #7 soft-bristle brush, container of water, small sponge, paper towel, paint cloth, straw

•Make one side of the paper wet with the sponge.
•Fill the brush with one color of paint and drop a small amount of paint on the paper.
•Blow through the straw—the drop of paint around the paper.
•Blow in several directions by moving the paper around.
•Repeat the steps many times–using related colors–that will blend and make “other” colors.
•When it’s dry, you can outline shapes with a black line brush or black crayon……or….cover the paper with a wash of one or more colors.

BLOTTO ART Ages 4-10
There is no right way a blotto should turn out. Blottos are much like a snowflake — no two will ever be the same.
You Need:
Paper- any kind-but the thicker the better
Water-based paint (watercolor, tempera, poster paint)
A number of paper squares and rectangles in various sizes. 5″x 5″, 7″ x8″, 3″x2″, etc.

  • Crease each paper square in the middle so that later you can fold them easily.
  • Sprinkle a few drops of paint onto one side of the crease.
  • Fold the paper on the creased line with the paint inside. Press down with your hand.
  • When the paper is opened, interesting shapes will appear.
  • Work with the blottos and arrange them into a larger picture, allowing whatever comes into your mind to take over.
  • Glue the blottos down onto a larger paper to create a big blotto work of art!

Put a blindfold over children’s eyes. Have child then feel the brushes, paper and area before starting. Children then paint without seeing what they are doing. It’s suggested  to do this with small groups at a time.

MELTED CRAYON CREATIONS: Need: 9″x12″ or 12″x19″ white paper, pieces of old crayons– an iron, water color paints, #12 soft-bristle paint brush, container of water, paper towel, paint cloth and pad of newspapers

  • Fold white paper in half width-wise.
  • Open the folded white paper and lay it flat on the working surface.
  • With any old grater, grate the crayons into very small pieces.
  • Sprinkle the grated crayons on one side of the white paper. Crayon pieces can be spread randomly or in specific areas of pattern.
  • Fold the other half of the paper over onto the crayon side.
  • Put this on the pad of newspapers. You’re ready to iron it with a warm iron.
  • Open it immediately after ironing so the  halves do not stick together.
  • You can now use these crayon lines to make designs/accent lines or things such as butterflies or bugs. (Drawing around the melted crayons)
  • When complete, paint a watercolor wash over the entire surface of the picture using one or more colors.

Materials: Spring-type clothespins, cotton balls, paint, small containers, paper, tape
Preparation: Pour paint into small containers. Tape paper to table. Clip a cotton ball to the end of each clothespin.
Using the clothespins as handles, have the children dip the cotton balls into paint and then spread it on their papers.
Tip: When the cotton balls start to get stringy from too much paint, replace them with fresh ones.

Materials: Cotton balls, Powdered tempera, Paper, Water, Bowls, Brushes
1. Give each child a piece of paper.
2. Using cotton balls, draw or dab on the paper with dry tempera.
3. After completing the dry tempera drawing, have each child paint the entire paper using water and a brush.
4. Let the children experiment with this medium. Colors will combine and change right before their eyes.

PAINTED GLASS..using powder tempera

Windows…Give children’s imagination a workout with this simple paint mixture that turns any large-paned window into a canvas for their art masterpieces

1.  Take 2 parts liquid dishwashing detergent to 1 part powdered tempera paint and blend until creamy.
2.  Mix up several colors and let them paint right on the window.
3.  Be sure to cover the floor if painting indoors – so it washes up with a sponge and water.

Sample window is creation of Moremomtime

WINDOW PAINT RECIPE #2… using liquid tempera

For this Snoman scene…KidActivities mixed equal partsof liquid tempera paint with liquid dishwashing soap. The mixture is a little watery…so be sure to cover floors and have paper toweling nearby. The drips of paint wipe up easily.

The ‘snowman’ was made with a circular motion of the brush.  The other parts (hat, stick arms, scarf, facial features) of the scene were used with a stippling effect of the brush. As above…be sure each color dries before you paint over the first.

The snowflakes on the window were used by simply placing a finger in the paint and lightly touching to the glass. To prevent dripping, be sure not to use too much paint on the brushes or the fingers. (Image by


Have an adult or older child hammer nails into a piece of wood in a random design, pattern, rows or circles. The more nails the more creative the children can be. The child can then take the bands and/or string and hook them over the nails to create interesting patterns and designs.

Materials: Nails, Wood, Hammer, String or rubber bands

PERSONALITY HANDS (Who says handprint art is only for very young children! This project proves differently!

Materials: 12×18″ white paper, sharpie, markers, scissors, black paper
First trace hands 6 – 8 times on a sheet of 12×18″ white paper.
Using a marker, draw patterns, symbols, shapes, etc. that reflect your personality. Problem solving is part of this project, as youth must decide how to incorporate the overlapping fingers.
Color the negative space in between the fingers black, and anywhere it will be difficult to get to with scissors.
Cut out around the outside of the hands and glue on black paper. Samples by Whitney and Jimmy, 5th Grade-students of Art teacher Michal Austin in Kansas

Supplies: Paint brush, undiluted evaporated milk, comic sections (or magazines), spoon
1.  Dip paint brush in evaporated milk and lightly paint over the desired pictures from a magazine or comic.
2.  Quickly cover this painted area with a blank piece of paper and rub the paper firmly with the back part of a spoon.
3.  Just like magic the picture has transferred to the clean paper in clear detail!


Need Chalk or crayon and paper
Send the kids out to look for different and unique designs in their surroundings. Have them put several small samples on a large piece of paper by placing the paper on the object and rub across it with the chalk.
Here are some ideas to give them:
• Trees, pavement, patio brick designs, corrugated lawn furniture, wood siding, and tile flooring.
• It would be great if there was masonary with form/design on it!


Hang a long piece of bulletin board paper on your outside fence. Place pans of paint and Koosh balls, blown up balloons and fly swatters on the ground. (Good idea to place all on a plastic drop cloth of some type)

Encourage the children to throw, swat and stamp the paper!  If possible have the children do this activity in the bathing suits so you can hose them off when they are done.

This sample is from an outside summer birthday party–it’s also great fun if there is a toddler or two visiting.  One two year old–spent most of 2 hours walking back and forth dipping a balloon bottom in the paint and stamping! (Image by


1. Blow up a balloon to the size of your choice. Place the ballon on a bowl.
2. Cut strands of yarn 12 and more inches long.(The heavier the yarn the better)
3. Soak the yarn in a bowl of white glue. When thoroughly drenched, lift the yarn from bowl and sqeeze the excess glue between finger and thumb.
4. Place the yarn and cover only half of the balloon layering and overlapping the pieces (whichever direction you choose.)
5. Continue doing this until an entire  half of the balloon is covered in yarn. Leave the upper half of the balloon bare.
6. The yarn will take 24 to 48 hours to dry. When completely dry–break the balloon. You now have a wonderful lacy bowl to hold ribbons, scarves or whatever!

Tips: This bowl can also be made using liquid startch instead of glue; however, I have not made one using starch. Alos, instead of a balloon, a bowl or ball may also be used as the form. However, the balloon is the easiest to remove the bowl, once it has dried… Photographs courtesy of artist and teacher Shannon Stewart (Formerly of Stetson Hills School-Phoenix, AZ.)


1. Draw a scene (such as a beach) on a piece of paper using crayons.
2.  Lightly color in the blue sky, the light brown sand, and the bright beach towels and umbrellas.
3. Now recolor the picture using watercolor paints. Use blue paint over the blue crayon, light brown paint over the light brown crayon, and the same paint colors over the bright beach towels and umbrellas. Let the paint dry.


1. Draw a grid of nine squares (the first picture has 16) on a piece of drawing paper. On the left side of one square, draw a curvy line. Repeat that same line on the left side of each square.

2. Now draw a different curvy line at the top of the first square. Then draw the curvy line at the top of each remaining square. Take a look at the squares to see what the shape is starting to look like.

3. Fill in more lines to create a shape, repeating the same line in each square. Each line creates part of the next square’s design. When you are done, you should have the same shape in each square. Color in your design using colored pencils. (Samples are courtesy of the  fourth grade class of Shannon Stewart)


Have 5-10 minutes to kill?
Have Kids…

Draw their shoe….. Draw their lunch….. Draw their teacher….. Draw a friend….. Draw their hand holding something….. Draw a small object big….. Draw a car….. Draw a dream….. Draw a nightmare….. Draw a leaf….. Draw themself…..


Children weave on paper plates which are joined together to make the scales of a fish.
Photograph of Display Wall is by Lisa Tregellas at Display Photos

POTATO PRINTS … Cut a potato in half and cut a shape on one of the cut ends, creating a stamp. The shape can be carved simply— or more intricately by placing gouges within the shape for more detail. Paint the shape a bright color and press it on paper as a stamp, to make a print. Several similar prints can be made with the same shape cut on the potato.


Try corn, strawberries, pears, cucumbers, radishes, oranges, carrots, beans, lemon, cauliflower, pepper, avocado, mushroom, bunched cabbage, bunched celery, and  apples!

Flat pan for Paint, Fruits and Vegetables
Paper towels for drying fruit and vegetables
Newspapers, cloth or paper for printing. Directions: Cut fruits and vegetables. Dip them in paint and print. That’s it!

(Directions for cabbage image is in Valentine Arts and Crafts Category…Apple Print is in middle of the page of Apple Theme.)


… Wonderful for Snow and Snowmen in the Winter… or Clouds, Sails, and White Caps on Ocean Waves in the Summer!

White glue
Shaving cream

Measure equal parts white glue and shaving cream.
Mix the two ingredients together. It should be very thick and fluffy.

In the winter –it’s perfect for making a Snowman, top of a Santa Christmas Stocking or a Winter Snowdrift scene!  In warm weather it’s perfect for fluffy white clouds and ‘white caps’ on big ocean waves such as in KidActivities image.

The texture is interesting. When dry-it feels much like foam and stays three dimentional. Image by

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