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Fun Art Activity Ideas for Young Children

written by: leah17 • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 1/5/2012

Try out some easy art activities you can do at home with very young children. Learn how to make finger paint and ideas for a variety of painting activities small hands can master with ease.

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    For Fun at Home

    It’s never too early to foster your child’s creative side and allow them to explore the fun of art and craft activities.

    All you need for these art activities for young children and baby art projects are some basic supplies such as paper (great way to recycle, just use other side), some paints (non-toxic), household objects and your imagination.

    You do not need a great range of paint colors. Red, blue, yellow, black and white will give you every color and shade you will need.

    Red + Blue = Purple

    Blue + Yellow = Green

    Red + Yellow = Orange

    Experiment with adding white to make lovely soft pastel shades.

    Here are a few ideas for art painting activities you can try with young children.

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    Golf Ball Rolling

    Use a tray (baking trays are great), place paper in the tray, spoon blobs of paint in 2 or 3 different colors, place a golf ball in the tray, show your little one how to tilt tray back and forth to roll the ball around, they might also like to push it with their hands.

    The ball leaves tracks of color over the paper making a very appealing design.

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    Fruit and Vegetable Stamping

    Big chunky pieces are easy for young children to hold onto to stamp onto their paper. Placing paint onto a wet sponge gets a great result. Just cut fruit/ veg pieces in half. Some great pieces to try are:

    • Apples
    • Carrots
    • Onions
    • Capsicums
    • Oranges
    • Use a potato to cut out shapes such as a star or square
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    Finger Painting

    This is a great one to do while sitting in a high chair. The tray makes a perfect table. Put the paint straight onto the tray and take a print after your little one has finished. To make your own finger paint mix cornflour and colored cold water (food coloring is great to use) stir until smooth, add boiling water, stirring as you add. It should form a gluggy paste immediately. Allow to cool completely before young children use.

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    Roller Painting

    You can buy small rollers quite cheaply. Or alternatively use old roll on deodorant bottles (just ensure they are washed out thoroughly before use), open and fill with paint. They are a great size for little hands and control amount of paint used.

    Let your creativity take over when becoming involved in art activities for young children. The possibilities are endless. Your old kitchen and bathroom supplies can become your art toolbox. Try sponges cut into shapes, toothbrushes as paint brushes, fly swatters, potato mashers…the possibilities are endless. Most of all have fun spending quality time with your young child.