Kids Activities Series: Fun with Color

There are probably more than enough ways for your creative little artist to make a mess color in this post!

1. Pictures with colored glue:  Use food coloring on regular Elmer’s glue and finger paint a picture.   When painted on a plastic sheet, the picture can be peeled off when it dried.

2. Marble painting: Lay down some paper inside of a box, then throw in a handful of marbles. Place a blob of tempera paint on the edge of the paper. Close the box and roll it around in a circular motion or back and forth to create a cool picture.

3. Dye flowers: Place white roses or flowers in vases with water.  Drop some food coloring the water.  Eventually, the flower will start turning that color as it absorbs the water.

4. Draw on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk (also works well on a cardboard box).  Try chopping up broken pieces of chalk and adding water.  Use that to paint the driveway with a big paintbrush.

5. Create a space for creativity with magnets and chalk: Pick a place on a wall, and paint a square (or circle or triangle) with magnetic primer.  Follow it with chalkboard paint. You can even frame it if you’re an overachiever want to make it look pretty. Now the kids can use magnets and chalk on that piece of wall!

6. There are two different ways to do blow paintings:  Squirt a blob of paint on a piece of paper. (If you are brave) Let the kids use a straw to blow the paint with the straw, creating their masterpiece. Or, put watercolor paints in bubble solution.  Blow bubbles onto the paper with a bubble blower.

7. String painting: Fold a piece of paper in half.  Dip a string in paint and put it inside the folded paper,  Rub to make a pretty and symmetrical picture.

8. Sponge bombs: Do this one outdoors because paint can splatter everywhere.  Lay out large pieces of paper on the ground.  Dip sponges in paint, stand on a chair and drop them down towards the paper below.  The resulting picture is splatterrific!

9.  Sparkly paint: Mix 1/2 cup of liquid starch with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.  Separate the mixture into different containers and add a different food color in each. Mix well to make sure the color is evenly dispersed. Mix in salt in each, according to desired sparkly-ness.  Paint away, then allow the paint to dry.  When dried, the salt gives way to a textured sparkle.

10. 3D puffy paint: Mix Elmer’s glue, shaving cream, and a dab of tempera paint.

11. Color the snow:  In the winter, you can either get a cakepan full of packed snow and add food coloring, or you can go outside and spray the snow with mixture of water and food coloring (in a spray bottle).

12. Make pet rocks:  Find a rock (or more), wash and dry them, and then use paint or makers to decorate them.  You can make people, animals, bugs, or aliens.  And even glue on googly eyes and yarn for hair, or other fun stuff like buttons, feathers and pipe cleaners.

13. Watch the settling and mixing effect when you fill a bottle with water oil, food coloring and glitter.  Make sure you secure the top tightly (better yet, glue it on).

14. We play with big Tupperware bowls, pitchers, small paper cups, and water w/ food color. Great for outside play.

15. Here’s a fun repurposing task.  Collect all your broken crayons, smash them in a baggie (a meat tenderizer works well), then pour them into a baking sheet or pie pan (covered in parchment paper).  Bake at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes or until completely melted. Cool and break into chunky pieces of multi-colored crayons. You can even put the broken crayons in molds of different shapes instead of pans. This does not work with washable crayons.

16. Window crayons – enough said (especially great for rainy days)!

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  1. 1

    These are all excellent ideas! My kids love love love art projects. Especially the messier the better. More fun right? NOT! :)

  2. 2
    Valerie says:

    Ha! For them, not the mommy! I’m horrible. I only let my son do messy projects once in a blue moon. I need to let him just get messy.

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    Jennifer Reyer Young says:

    Fun ideas! I’d really like to try dyeing flowers and some of the painting techniques!!!

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