Creative and Fun Kids Watercolor Painting Ideas

by Tonya Staab

We have so many creative and fun kids watercolor painting ideas including squirt gun art, homemade paint, mandala art, and so much more.

Kids watercolor painting ideas

Watercolor mandala art

mandala watercolor art
Pretty mandala watercolor art that is garden inspired with flowers and leaves.

If you have always wanted to draw a mandala, I’m showing you how to get started drawing patterns and then paint it with watercolor paints to make beautiful art. I’ve got all the details at Make and Takes.

Hungry caterpillar watercolor craft

Hungry Caterpillar watercolor craft for kids
A Hungry Caterpillar watercolor craft that is perfect for preschoolers through 1st grade.

This Very Hungry Caterpillar watercolor craft is a great project for kids of all ages. They will love the combination of watercolor painting and cutting and pasting with construction paper to make this mixed media craft. I’ve got the full tutorial over at Kids Activities.

Squirt gun watercolor painting

watercolor turtle painted on a canvas with squirt guns
Use a squirt gun to make a wall hanging for your home, like this giant canvas turtle.

Have you tried squirt gun painting on fabric? We made this beautiful watercolor turtle art one summer. My simple squirt gun painting tutorial is over at Lady and the Blog.

Paper plate fish bowl craft

paper plate fish bowl craft
An adorable paper plate fish bowl craft that was painted with watercolors.

This paper plate fish bowl craft is so much fun to make. It was one of the craft projects I made for our book, The Big Book of Kids Activities. You can find my instructions to make this craft at 5 Minutes for Mom.

Homemade watercolor paint

homemade watercolor paint using fruit loops
Bright and colorful homemade watercolor paint made with Fruit Loops.

This homemade watercolor paint is made using Fruit Loops. It works best on fabric, and I’ve tested it to make sure that it is washable, so if the kids get a little on their clothes, it will wash right out. Grab an old white bed sheet and let the kids have a whole lot of fun. I’ve got the instructions to make your own paint at Kids Activities.

Rainy day greeting card

watercolor umbrella cards paired with the Dear boy and Dear girl books
Watercolor rainy day cards inspired by the children’s books Dear Boy, and Dear Girl.

Have you read the Dear boy, and Dear girl, children’s books? Harper Kids asked me to make watercolor rainy day cards to pair with each of these beautiful books. It’s the perfect rainy day storytime activity to do with kids.

Watercolor spider web art

Spider web art made using paper, glue, and watercolor paint.
Colorful spider web art using glue and watercolor paints.

These bright and colorful watercolor spider webs are so much fun to make. It’s the perfect art project for Halloween or a bug unit study with younger kids, especially preschool and kindergarten age groups. We have 4 different types of glue ideas you can try in our tutorial at Kids Activities.

Truffula tree watercolor art

truffula tree watercolor art
Speak for the trees with this Truffula Tree watercolor art inspired by Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.

Get creative with the kids with this Truffula Tree watercolor art that was inspired by The Lorax. This is a fun art project that kids can do for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, World Book Day, and Earth Day. I’m sharing the instructions to make your own at Make and Takes.

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