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Discover: 50+ Awesome Projects to Help Kids Explore New Art Mediums

Looking for easy ways to add some imagination and experimentation to your kids’ play routine? In case you missed it, we shared a set of free printable of art badges over on hello, Wonderful last month and this month, we wanted to share a reference list of some of our most-beloved art projects to go with them! 

Almost all of these activities use materials you probably already have at home and can be modified to entertain kids of all ages, skills, and interests. You can even use this idea list to create your own at-home art camp! Grab the art badges here, pick a project from each medium group, and prepare to grow kids who can think flexibly, come up with out-of-the-box creative solutions, and develop a healthy imagination and love of unique art processes!

Looking for ideas to fit a specific supply? Use these quick links below to jump directly to the section you need:

In addition to the visual learning benefits, using a variety of materials like torn paper, textured fabrics, or smooth paints are great sensory stimuli, helping to develop fine motor skills and providing open-ended play and process opportunities. It’s also a fun way for kids to embrace risk-taking, find new ways to express themselves and learn a variety of processes.

For some extra inspiration: we put together a collection of over 100 art-themed picture books for kids that you can use to find companion books to fit any art project!

Fabric or Yarn

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Wet Felting With Kids from Meri Cherry

Ribbon Weaving with a Popsicle Stick Loom from Buggy and Buddy

Fabric Flowers from Purple Twig

Glue Batik from Artful Parent

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Yarn Painting from Picklebums

String Art from Cassie Stephens (video here)

Fabric Dying with Kids from The Long Thread

String Art Installation from Small Hands Big Art

Nature Materials

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Sunprints on Fabric from TinkerLab

Nature Collage on Cardboard from Art Camp

Painting with Nature from Kids Craft Room

Garden Nature Art from The Craft Train

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Flower Petal Stained Glass from Artful Parent

Self-Portraits with Found Nature Items from Happy Hooligans

Nature Weaving Looms from Housing a Forest 

Leaf Rubbing Collage from Momma.Poppa.Bubba

Collage

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Mini Rothko on Cardboard from Art Camp

Landscape Collages from Cassie Stephens

Paul Klee Castle Collages from Art is Basic

Eric Carle-inspired Collages from Oh Creative Day

Sculpture

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Crazy Pasta Sculptures from hello, Wonderful

Colored Paper Collage Sculptures from Art for Kids and Robots

Calder Inspired Art Sculptures from Pink Stripey Socks (video here)

Crayon Art Sculptures from Meri Cherry

Recycled or Found Materials

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Colorful CD Scratch Art from Kids Craft Room

Experimental Media with Ikea Hardware from Kid Can Doodle

Found Objects Collage from ARTBAR

Hanging Cardboard Collage from Handy with Scissors

Chalk or Pastels

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Floating Chalk Prints from Cassie Stephens (video here)

DIY Scratch Art from Early Activities and Projects

Fossil Trading Cards from Art Projects for Kids

Collaborative Mural from Purple Twig

Pencil or Charcoal

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Observational Drawing for Kids from Artful Parent

Household Object Drawing Prompts from Art for Kids and Robots

Charcoal Process Art from Montessori Nature 

Drawing with Charcoal from My Small Potatoes

Printmaking

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Paper Wildflower Wreath from Art Camp

Styrafoam Printing with Kids from Artbar

Layered Prints from Purple Twig

Fruit and Vegetable Stamping from barley & birch

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Printed Cityscape from Dali’s Moustache

Collograph Flowers from Vicki Smith’s Art with Kids Blog

Recycled Container Printing from Picklebums

Plastic Bag Printing from Alisa Burke’s Blog (video here)

Paint or Watercolors

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Sumigashi for Kids from Inner Child Fun (video here)

Watercolors and Oil from Babble Dabble Do

Soap Pump Bubble Painting from A Pinch of Perfect 

Spin Painting for Preschoolers from Happy Hooligans

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Watercolor Jellyfish Paintings from Crafternoon Playdate

Giant Canvas Toddler Art from Busy Toddler

Rainbow Squeegee Painting Process Art from hello, Wonderful (video here)

Popsicle Resist Art from Fun at Home with Kids

For more mixed media art projects, visit our detailed tutorial on creating stunning mixed media art pieces with kids, learn how to turn your art projects into wearable art, or try a storybook-style collaged card (one of our most popular projects!).

Over 50 fantastic art project ideas for kids, organized by art medium
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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2 thoughts on “Discover: 50+ Awesome Projects to Help Kids Explore New Art Mediums

  1. Thank you for including our watercolor jellyfish! We love them and I’m so glad you do too! – Jess

    1. Jess! We made some of our own during a recent beach trip and they were SO much fun (and really look like jellyfish!) Thanks for sharing such a creative way to experiment with watercolors! – Amanda

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