Freebie: A Free Printable Kids Art Challenge

A few years ago I made a set of printable art badges that we had so much fun turning into wearable awards for achievement in art. This year, with so many kids learning at home, I revisited the original idea, making a few changes to turn our old set of badges into everything you need to create your own easy, printable mixed media art challenge!

DIY Kids Art Challenge – Table of Contents

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Our updated art challenge printable set includes stickers for nine different art mediums and templates you can fill in with a supply of your choice! All of our art supply challenge stickers are formatted as circles you can easily cut out with a 2.5-inch round punch, OR can print right onto an Avery label sticker sheet – it couldn’t possibly get simpler than that!

Our DIY Mixed Media Art Challenge Stickers

This DIY printable challenge encourages kids to explore a variety of new supplies and processes, with custom-designed, ready-to-print badges for achievement in exploring…

  • Paper or cardboard
  • Paint or watercolors
  • Clay or dough
  • Yarn or fabric
  • Recycled supplies
  • Chalk, pastels, or charcoal
  • Nature materials
  • Printmaking or stamps
  • Wood or sticks
  • Supplies of your choice (design your own!)

To make your own printable kids’ art challenge you’ll need:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains Woodpeckers Crafts, Etsy, Blick Art Materials, and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*


  • Scissors or a 2.5-inch circle punch (like this)
  • Art and craft supplies for coloring or extra decoration (crayons, cardboard, feathers, ribbon, etc.)
  • 2.5-inch DIY buttons, pinbacks, or tie tacks

DIY Printable Mixed Media Kids Art Challenge Instructions:

  1. Download and print our art supply challenge stickers and collection sheet

    Print the desired sticker pages on heavy cardstock or onto Avery 2.5-inch printable round sticker labels. The art challenge collection sheet can be printed on heavy cardstock.

  2. Cut out if necessary

    If using scissors or a circle punch, cut out your art supply challenge stickers.

  3. Color, decorate, and add embellishments (optional!)

    If using the black and white pages, you can color and decorate using fun supplies or craft embellishments like watercolors, feathers, felt, beads, etc.

    Note: If decorating your own set of art badges, you may want to do the coloring first, then cut out. It sometimes proves easier for little hands to color on a large sheet rather than trying to hold onto the smaller individual art badges while coloring.

  4. Gather art projects for a challenge

    You can create a daily, weekly, or monthly art challenge by picking a project to accomplish for each supply, OR by presenting each supply as an invitation along with a small selection of basic arts and craft materials – let your child lead and explore.

    For inspiration, visit our collection of over 50 art projects to help kids explore new mediums.

  5. Use the Art Challenge collection sheet to keep track of progress

    Our art challenge sticker collection sheet can be used for goal-setting and progress tracking.

Gather ideas to build your very own art challenge by using our list of 50+ projects to help kids explore new art mediums or grab some of these artist-inspired ideas from the Whitney Museum of American Art, then print out your own set of stickers and art challenge sheets to keep track of your daily or weekly art exploration! With black & white DIY versions, you can actually use these little stickers as an art project of their very own, or turn them into buttons or pins with a couple of basic additions I’ve listed above.

Create your own DIY Kids mixed media art challenge with our free printable art medium stickers and challenge collection sheet. | from barley & birch

Art Challenge Project Ideas

As you might have guessed, you’ll be able to find project inspiration for every medium in the art challenge among our ever-growing collection of activities. Kick your art challenge off with these 9 original b&b ideas…

*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Blick Art Materials, Amazon, Etsy, or Woodpeckers Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click through to make a purchase we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!


Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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