Paint, Chalks and Pastels

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

One of our soft sculpture art creature kids projects standing in front of a white background.

Make: Creative Creature Soft Sculpture Art for Kids

It’s aliive, it’s ALLLIIVEEE…and it’s…SQUISHY! Meet the latest additions to our kids’ art project family…imaginative soft sculpture art creatures made from recycled supplies! The outlandish beasts of Hieronymus Bosch meet the soft sculptures of Claes Oldenburg with this project that…

Four of our potato stamp pumpkin art pieces hanging on a green background.

Make: Potato and Apple Stamp Pumpkin Art

Just in time for October – an artistic pumpkin patch, chock full of and fall spirit and featuring an elevated autumnal aesthetic! The foundation of these lovely pumpkin art prints? A potato, apple, or green pepper (three cheers for using…

Make your own set of gender-neutral, diverse peg dolls! An easy DIY for inclusive small world play.

Make: A DIY Diverse Peg Doll Set

My ever-growing library of small world play accessories received a huge upgrade this week in the form of a DIY’ed community of multicultural peg doll friends. Though the project was a quick one for me to make on my own,…

Make a lovely watercolor flower garden card! Perfect for kids to make as a Father's Day or Mother's Day card and a great gift card holder!

Make: A DIY Watercolor Flower Garden Card

Spring’s arrival brings the loveliest changes to our garden, and also a parade of holidays that stretch right into summer. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Day…coming up with unique gift ideas year after year can feel a bit overwhelming…

Make a set of process art play tiles for composition, color and design exploration! A fun reusable invitation to create that helps kids explore art concepts through play. | via barley & birch

Make: Process Art Play Tiles

Move over awards season, better luck next year March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day what?…this month’s hottest event is Womens’ Week Collective and it’s happening NOW! Every year my friend Arielle hosts a fabulous celebration of noteworthy women in art SHARED…

Send handmade art with a secret message this Valentine's Day! A wonderful activity for kids with printable morse code and nautical flag printable templates available. | via barley & birch

Make: Morse Code Valentine’s Day Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day love-lovers! This year, we made a set of artful cards featuring my own love language – geometric shapes. But hidden in plain sight is a mystery for little visual detectives to solve….can you crack the code?? Using…

Kids will love cutting apart rainbows to make this beautiful abstract art project that can also be used to celebrate small joys throughout the week! | via barley & birch

Make: Rainbow Road Abstract Art for Kids

Deep in the heart of winter, I typically find myself turning to rainbows for cheery, bright art inspiration. A few years ago I shared a Frank Stella deconstructed rainbow project, and it’s been a site favorite ever since. This year…

Find your zen and relax by making your own meditative scribble art collage for stress relief. | via barley & birch

Make: Scribble Art Collages for Stress Relief

We are having the rare week of November 70-degree weather up here in the north, and I’ve committed to soaking up every last second of it with some alfresco art-making. Grab a blanket or big piece of cardboard, a little…

These stand-up surfboard scrape paintings are a fun way way to experiment with art processes and the perfect summer kids craft! | via barley & birch

Make: Surf’s Up Paint Scrape Surfboards

“Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learnin’ how, come on and safari with me…” It’s an endless summer with this fun scrape painting project you can make and stand to create your own gnarly 3-D mini surf gallery! Fire up one…