15 Fun Painting Activities For Toddlers | Art Activities For Kids

It is best to cultivate your child’s creative side when they are still young. And what better way to accomplish this than to hand them a piece of paper, a pencil, and some coloring materials and have them begin their creative journey through painting? Painting is also a good approach to quiet restless children since it keeps them engaged and focused. Another fun thing about painting is that they will not be limited to only using paintbrushes! They can be as creative as they want and try hand painting, sponge painting, and more!

If all of this seems like fun to you (and your kids), check out these 15 fun painting projects for toddlers.

15. Apple Process Art

This easy process art project is perfect for little ones this fall. It requires only a few supplies, only 1 minute of set up, and it creates a gorgeous work of art that kids will be so proud to display!

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14. Marshmallow Edible Paint

Marshmallows, water, light corn syrup, and food coloring are all you need to make the most fun paint for kids (or grown-ups) ever. This colorful marshmallow edible paint takes minutes to whip up and can be used to decorate cookies, marshmallows, bread, and even plain old paper (maybe even making this footprint penguin art?)

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13. Ice Cube Painting

Here’s a fun project to do on a wintery or rainy day. Keep a tray of these in the freezer for those “I’m bored!” moments. Great for impromptu crafting or art time and kids love it!

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12. DIY Upcycled Toilet Paper Seedling Pots and Painted Stone Garden Markers

Turn reusing toilet paper rolls into a fun learning experience for kids with this easy toilet paper roll seedling pot tutorial. And for fun learn how to paint garden stone markers to know what you planted where in your garden.

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11. Rock Painting Ideas for Preschoolers and Young Children

These rock painting ideas for preschoolers will inspire you to create tons of painted stones for gifts or hiding. Click through to see them all!

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10. A Fun Craft for Toddlers: Painting Poppy Flowers with Balloons

Make this poppy painting craft for kids using balloons! It’s fun, quick, and easy to set up for even the smallest crafters. This project is ideal for a Veteran’s day craft, a Memorial Day craft, or Remembrance Day.

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9. How to Paint Rocks to Hide- Easy Watermelon Painted Rock Tutorial

Looking for an easy summer craft idea to entertain the kids? This watermelon rock painting craft is the perfect solution to boredom. Learn how to paint rocks to hide with this easy watermelon painted rock tutorial! Rock painting has gained popularity in the last few years, with kids enjoying the process of painting, hiding, and finding rocks all over their hometown.

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8. Finger Painting

The importance of messy play and finger painting with your kids. How to make edible non toxic fingerpaints for your toddler and kids too.

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7. DIY Spider Painted Rocks

The spooky season is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time to start planning your Halloween festivities. But you’re not going to want the same old decorations every year, are you? This year we have a fun project for all of our crafters out there that you can do with your kids: DIY spider painted rocks!

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6. First Fingerpainting

Yesterday Simon (16 months) created his very first fingerpainted artwork! I’m calling this one “Sunset Over the Grassy Hills.” He was so excited to get to work! He’s been sick, so please ignore his messy snotty face.

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5. Toddler Time: Oversized Outdoor Painting

Simon has recently discovered his love of painting (thank goodness! I was worried for awhile there!), and he likes to work BIG. I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and pinned up a giant piece of paper to our back fence, pulled out our tempera paints, and got to painting!

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4. DIY: Colorful Bath Paints Kids Will Love

Bath time with little ones can sometimes be a challenge, but these colorful bath paints can entice kids to get into the tub or shower.

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3. Edible Paint- Please Pay With Your Food!

These edible paints make a great gift idea for the kids who have “everything” or budding artists. Make a fun themed gift with a box of pancake or waffle mix, or a kid-sized apron and some Noshi food paint to make it even more special. It’s a great family gift for kids or kids AND parents!

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2. Mess Free Painting with Kids

Does even the thought of handing your kids paints and a brush cause you anxiety? Me too. Which is why I’ve compiled a list of three “mess free painting” activities that both you and your kids will enjoy.

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1. Pumpkin Apple Stamping

One of my favorite ways to use up ingredients that are a bit past-their-prime is to use them in kids’ kitchen crafts!

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