Whether you have a kiddo who is a budding Picasso or just want to keep a little one busy for the afternoon with a non toxic paint, painting makes for a fantastic and sensory-rich art experience for kids of all ages! Here you will find over 30 painting ideas that are fun and easy for any kiddo to paint.

EASY THINGS TO PAINT FOR KIDS

20+ painting ideas for kids art themes

WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?

Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!

Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively.

Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.

Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!

Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences. In other words, it’s good for them!

Make sure to check out our list of over 50 do-able and fun art projects for kids!

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PAINTING IDEAS FOR TODDLERS

Yes, 2 year olds can have fun painting too! Painting is good for toddlers because it provides a sensory experience for them, develops fine motor skills, gives them practice with colors and it’s just fun!

Here are a few painting ideas that would work well with younger kids. Make painting fun for your 2 year old and easier to clean up for you!

Also check out our playdough recipes and sensory recipes that are great for toddlers!

BATH PAINT

What better way to contain the mess of painting with toddlers than in the bath! Get the kiddos to make their own works of art that you can easily clean up.

EDIBLE PAINT

Edible paint is awesome for babies and toddlers who are still putting everything in their mouths. It is easy to make yourself and fun to use.

FINGER PAINT

Homemade finger painting is one of the best ways for young kiddos (and big ones) to explore art!

Finger Painting

FLY SWATTER PAINTING

Use a fly swatter as a paintbrush, easier for little hands to hold.

Fly Swatter Painting

ICE CUBE PAINTING

Make your own colorful ice paints which are easy to use outside and just as easy to clean up. 

RAINBOW IN A BAG

This colorful paint in a bag idea is a fun way of doing finger painting without the mess.

Also check out our apple painting in a bag and leaf painting in a bag!

Rainbow In A Bag

EASY PAINTING IDEAS FOR KIDS

Explore over 30 easy painting ideas below that are fun for kids to paint and totally do-able!

All of these painting ideas use different art techniques to develop kids’ understanding and enjoyment of art without them even realizing it!

Learn from famous artists, try open-ended and sometimes messy process art activities, or add a bit of science to painting for STEAM.

BAKING SODA PAINTING

We love baking soda science experiments, now make fizzing art with baking soda painting!

Fizzy Paint Summer STEAM
Baking Soda Paint

BLOW PAINTING

Straws instead of paintbrushes? Absolutely with blow painting.

BUBBLE PAINTING

Mix up your own bubble paint and grab a bubble wand. Talk about a budget-friendly painting idea!

BUBBLE WRAP PAINTING

Love playing with and popping bubble wrap! But have you ever thought of painting with bubble wrap? Make sure to set aside your next bubble wrap packaging to create simple colorful art!

Also check out apple painting and pumpkin painting with bubble wrap.

Bubble Wrap Prints

BUTTERFLY PAINTING

Make a polka dot butterfly painting inspired by famous artist, Yayoi Kusama. Printable butterfly template included!

CRAZY HAIR PAINTING

Kind of messy but a totally fun painting idea, the kids will have a blast trying this crazy hair painting!

Crazy Hair Painting

DINOSAUR FOOTPRINT ART

Get STOMPING, stamping or printmaking with dinosaur painting that uses toy dinosaurs as paintbrushes.

DOT FLOWER PAINTING

Color in our printable flower template scene with nothing but painted dots. Also called pointillism!

Explore more dot painting with our Shamrock Dot Art, Apple Dot Art and Winter Dot Art.

Flower Dot Painting

FLOWER PAINTING

Paint these fun bright and colorful flowers with your own homemade stamps, inspired by famous artist, Alma Thomas.

LEAF PAINTING

Use real leaves to make a simple mixed media leaf painting using watercolor paints and white crayons as a resist. Easy to do for a cool effect!

Leaf Crayon Resist Art

MAGNET PAINTING

Magnet painting is a fantastic way to explore magnetism and create a unique piece of art.

Magnet Painting

OCEAN PAINTING

Ocean theme salt art! Combine a popular kitchen ingredient and a bit of physics for cool art and science that everyone is sure to love!

PAINTING SNOW

Can you paint snow? You betcha! Just a few simple supplies to make your own homemade paint and your have a fun winter painting idea for the kids.

PINECONE PAINTING

Grab a handful of pinecones for a fantastic pinecone painting activity.

Pinecone Painting

RAIN PAINTING

Take your art project outdoors the next time it rains! Its called rain painting!

SALT PAINTING

Even if your kiddos aren’t the crafty type, every kid loves to paint with salt and watercolor or food coloring. Combine science and art with this easy absorption process. 

Also check out our leaf salt painting and snowflake salt painting!

Salt Painting

SIDEWALK PAINTING

This is an awesome way to get outdoors, and paint pictures. What could be better than that? Plus, you can make this homemade paint recipe yourself!

Also try our fizzy sidewalk painting and puffy sidewalking painting!

Fizzy Paint

SNOW PAINT

Want to know how to paint some cool looking shivery snow? Treat the kids to an indoor painting session with this super easy to make snow paint recipe!

SNOWFLAKE PAINTING

Our tape resist snowflake painting is easy to set up and fun to do with kids.

SNOWY NIGHT PAINTING

Set up an invitation to make a wintery snowy night painting.  This Van Gogh inspired activity is perfect for exploring mixed media art with kids.

Snowy Night

STARRY NIGHT

Try something a little different with a Starry Night art project!

SPLATTER PAINTING

Kind of messy but a totally fun painting activity, the kids will have a blast trying paint splatter!

Splatter Painting

TURTLE DOT PAINTING

Dot painting is a great way to develop your child’s fine motor skills. Plus, it’s fun!

Turtle Dot Painting

SPICE PAINTING

Have a go at sensory painting with this easy natural scented spice painting activity.

STRING PAINTING

String painting or pulled string art is easy to do with a few simple supplies, string and paint. 

String Painting

WATER DROP PAINTING

An easy painting idea with a difference. Combine the science of surface tension and art to paint with water drops,

WATERCOLOR GALAXY

Create your own galaxy painting inspired by the beauty of our amazing Milky Way galaxy. 

WATER GUN PAINTING

Try water gun painting for an awesome water art project with easy materials.

Water Gun Painting

EASY PAINTINGS FOR KIDS

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