Fun With Paint—15 Different Ways to Paint With Kids!

As the weather is getting colder, we are starting to look for more indoor activities we can do as a family. 

My 4-year-old son loves anything to do with paint, so I wanted to put together a list of all the fun things you can do with paint. Some are messy and some are mess-free (my favorite!)

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 Paint In A Bag—This is a wonderful mess-free way to play with paint! Your kids can practice writing their numbers and letters or just have fun with making designs.paint-bag-writing

Homemade Finger Paints—We especially loved these when my son was younger and all he wanted to do was cover his hands and arms in paint (who am I kidding, he still likes to do that!) and give it a little taste test. I know that even if he put it in his mouth, he wouldn’t be eating anything toxic. These are really a one time use though since they do go bad pretty quick.77b0dc12503dfa8978d25016ae440496

Shake & Paint—Another mess-free paint option that creates interesting designs and is super fun to do! All you need is an oatmeal container, some broken crayons, paint and paper and you are ready to go!shakepaint1

Sidewalk Paint—Enjoy the last few days of nice weather outside and paint up your sidewalks with homemade sidewalk paint! chalkpaint2_web

Painting on Foil—Sick of the same old white paper painting? Here is a great and interesting alternative! Painting on foil!foilpainting-3

Hand & Foot-print Pictures (18 different ones!)—Who doesn’t love making fun pictures out of your kids hand and foot-prints? I love doing these because it is great artwork to display and keep for years to come.12x12handprintzoo-blog

Frozen Paint Art—I know it’s cold outside but it’s a perfect time to do some frozen paint art! Just freeze paint in an ice-cube tray, insert craft sticks and wait til frozen! A super neat way to paint!1 ice painting 3

Magic Painting—This is one of my favorites! Draw a design on a white piece of paper with a white crayon and then let them paint with watercolors. The design begins to magically appear! We used to do this with the letter of the week and my son always looked forward to revealing what letter it was.magic-painting

Tissue Box Painting—Have fun with an empty tissue box! Who says you can only paint with brushes?kleenex box painting 11

Heart Stamps—Use an empty toilet paper roll to create a heart stamp. Perfect for Valentines Day or decorating a loved ones card.60abe958f297f94d3fb57fe3caa9edb5

Paint Dripping—This is another fun way to ditch the paintbrush and have fun with painting!autumn drip painting 7

Homemade Puffy Paint—Here is a way to experiment with a different kind of paint and you can make it yourself!DSCN52201-300x225

Prints With Foam—Use a take-out container and etch a design into the foam. Paint it and use it as a stamp! 4e51b34ba17793079f04538ac32ccad4

Flower Painting—Who doesn’t love beautiful flowers? Make flower prints with the bottom of a 2 Liter bottle. So cute!bottleprints1

DIY Bath Paints—And when your kids are all done getting messy, let them paint some more in the bath with DIY Bath Paints! These are super easy to make and fun for the kids!



Hope you have fun painting with the kiddos! 

Do you have any other fun painting ideas? 

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22 thoughts on “Fun With Paint—15 Different Ways to Paint With Kids!

  1. One of our favorites is to fold a piece of paper in half, open it up, and put a few drops of paint in the crease. Then you refold the paper ad push the paint from the crease out toward the edges and see what you get :) They often look like butterflies but use your imagination and they can be anything!! Of course, it works best with thicker paper but even printer paper works in a pinch :)


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    Oooooo that IS a great idea! We should try that! I know Jake would love to see what picture comes out of that!


  2. What a fabulous list! We love to paint here and are always on the look out for fun new ways!
    Thanks for sharing our foil painting, it is one of our favourite activities.


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    Oh you are so very welcome! That was actually one of my favorites too! We haven’t done it in a quite a while, but when we did it, my son requested to paint on foil for like a month!


  3. Ohh, I like the paint in the bag idea. We usually just paint with q-tips and paper with paint in an ice cube tray. Thanks for giving us alternatives when it is time to paint. My kiddos will Thank you.


  4. These are all great ideas! I’m definitely pinning this for later! Another one is a big plastic tub filled with shaving cream. Add a few drops of food coloring and let them “paint” in that! :)


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    That is a great idea! Sounds fun and the mess is contained!


  5. Hi there,
    I found you from Making Monday. Love all your ideas.
    Janis Author of Tadeo Turtle


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    That is funny because I just got done posting on your post from Making Mondays!!! Great minds must think alike! I hope you consider posting some of your family friendly post on my Family Fridays Link-Up party next Friday!!! I love all things family and I love giving my readers tons of great stuff to see!


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