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Top 6 Paint Ideas for Kids

By: Jaclyn Holtzman, Editor,

Paint a picture of fun, and it will be chockfull of different textures, colors, and shapes with a paint-covered kid on the side. It’s a blast when you get to dip your fingers, feet, and any objects you can get your hands on into paint, and it’s even better when Mom lets you do so. For some creative freedom and controlled mess, think of different paint ideas for kids that won’t result in taking a blue bath afterwards.

When age-old ideas get a modern twist, they become reinvented in a fabulous way. While painting is always fun for kids, painting with different media allows for more open-minded creativity. It’s great to show children how to think outside of the box. Rather than simply using a paintbrush to paint, try items around the house like Q-Tips or bubble wrap, which will increase the fun factor ten-fold and will encourage children’s imaginations to fly. Not only are these awesome painting ideas, but they are also some of the best crafts around.

If you’re ever stumped on how to make painting fresh and new, AllFreeKidsCrafts always has the most unique and innovative kids’ painting ideas. Here are the Top 6 Paint Ideas for Kids to get mini Picassos painting. 

Top 6 Paint Ideas for Kids

  1. Bubble Wrap Art
    Bubble Wrap Art
    For a really cool texture and a cushy craft, try painting with bubble wrap. These perfect circles can turn into bubbles, faces, dots to connect, or an abstract painting as shown. This paint method is a great way to decorate folders, notebooks, and homemade phone covers, but it also looks great hung on the wall.
  2. QT Q-Tip Painting
    QT Q-Tip Painting
    This will be Mom's new favorite way for you to paint since the clean-up is as simple as it gets. Q-Tip painting is only successful when done by a QT, which means yours will be frame-worthy. This is a fun introduction to pointillism for older kids and an original way to add texture for all little artists.

  3. Painted Dotty Dishtowels
    Painted Dotty Dishtowels
    These darling dotty dishtowels are great gifts for kids to give. They're simple, adorable, and have a youthful spirit. If you want to paint more than just the dots, then go for it. You know what Grandma will love, so use her favorite colors and dot away.

  4. Sssecret Admirer Pipe Cleaner Paintings
    Sssecret Admirer Pipe Cleaner Paintings
    Your valentine will be flattered by this creative way to make a perfect snake. Think of a cute phrase that will help you slither into your valentine's heart, and you're set for February 14th. Pipe cleaner paintings definitely aren't just for Valentine's Day, so draw snakes that are sneaky, spooky, or slimy, too.

  5. Remarkable Rising Paint
    Remarkable Rising Paint
    Watch science and magic merge before your very own eyes. There is nothing more fun than watching your art morph into something else. Paint anything you think would look even better in 3D, and then sit back as the microwave completes your masterpiece.

  6. Tropical Reef Fish
    Tropical Reef Fish
    Don't bother trying to paint perfect fish on your own. Use paper plates to make the shape of the fish, and they look amazing. All that's left for you to do is give the fish color, design, and a way to breathe. Paint Nemo, your favorite fish, or a new fish that you've come up with. You'll really feel like you're under the sea with these awesome painted fish.

For more of the best crafts, check out the Top 50 Fun and Easy Crafts for Kids.

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