Kids Paint, Chalk, and Pastel Projects

A collection of our kids’ art projects and crafts that use paint, chalk, and pastels

Delight your little artists with one of these colorful and creative art and crafts ideas. From chalk drawings to watercolor projects and pastel masterpieces, this is a treasure trove of imagination-expanding activities for children of all ages to enjoy.

Two snowflake suncatchers sitting on a blue background

Make: Easy Snowflake Suncatchers with Kids

Add some colorful wintry sparkle to your windows this holiday season with this lovely (and super simple!) snowflake suncatcher craft project for kids. There’s a nip in the air, a comforting blanket of fresh poofy powder, and a radiant light…

our paint potion process art kids project

Make: Paint Potions – A Kids Process Art Exploration

Double, double, toil, and trouble…bubble, sparkle, fizz, and blob! Set up your own paint potions mini art lab with basic household ingredients, then make your own 2D potion compositions with this project that packs a mad process art punch! A…

Our DIY magic mermaid seashell necklaces sitting on a white background

Make DIY Mermaid Seashell Necklaces With Kids

Use fun and simple art processes to turn painted shells into magic mermaid seashell necklaces that hide an oceanic surprise! Kids of all ages will love making these wearable deep-sea treasures that are a fun summer DIY or beach craft.…

Our DIY fabric pirate treasure map kids craft sitting on a table with fake gold coins

A DIY Treasure Maps or Adventure Maps for Kids

Invite your kids to make their own reusable DIY adventure maps and homemade treasure maps from scrap fabric – a classic art and play activity that encourages creative storytelling, spatial thinking, and visual literacy. Kids DIY Fantasy Map Project –…

Four of our finished spray bottle fireworks process art pieces laying on a white background

Make Spray Bottle Fireworks Paintings With Kids

Back when I lived in California, my house in Mission Beach was ideally situated to see the nighttime fireworks displays Sea World would put on. From time to time, my roommates and I would get out the ladder and climb…

Our paper tree frog kids craft suction cupped to the refrigerator

Make: A Climbing Paper Tree Frog

Explore a variety of fun art-making styles with this climbing paper tree frog craft for kids that sticks to smooth surfaces using the magic of suction cups to mimic the real thing! The first year I lived in Minnesota, we…

An ice cream cone soft sculpture sitting on a pink background

Make Puffy Paper Bag Ice Cream Cone Sculptures With Kids

Create whimsical paper bag ice cream cone stuffed soft sculptures with this adorable kids’ summer arts and crafts project. I scream, you scream, we all scream for summer kids’ art projects that encourage reusing supplies, creative process experimentation, and fun…

Our DIY recycled cardboard puppet theater for kids sitting against a green and blue background.

Make: A DIY Cardboard Puppet Theater

Join us as we make a recycled DIY cardboard puppet theater using a process kids can recreate on their own or use for inspiration. Complete with elements and puppets inspired by author and illustrator Celestino Piatti! DIY Recycled Puppet Theater…

Four handpainted cardboard-framed spring landscape kids art projects sitting on a white background.

Make: Spring Landscape Art

Here in the last few days of January, on the other side of the solstice with the light beginning to slowly inch back into our evenings, my spring daydreaming begins. It’s garden-planning time, and I spend more time than I…