Easy (and Cheap!) Family Art Projects

Do you ever look for fun activities to do with your child, or perhaps need something to keep the kids busy on a day with poor weather? Look no further!

The following projects can be done easily with little supplies required, little to no prep time, and each activity can be done by children of various ages. All projects have been tested and approved by my children, nieces, and nephews!

Edible finger paint
Finger painting is fun, but even more fun when you can eat the paint!

Supplies needed:
• Instant vanilla pudding
• Milk
• Food coloring
• Egg carton(s)
• Paper

Instructions:
Mix the pudding according to the directions on the box. Fill the different sections of an egg carton with the pudding and add a drop of food coloring to each portion; mix well. Have fun painting and licking your fingers! Lay each page flat to dry.

Leaf rubbings

Supplies needed:
• Leaves
• Paper
• Crayons or pastels

Instructions:
Gather leaves or use artificial leaves. Place leaves on the table with the vein side/raised surface side facing upwards. Cover with a piece of paper. Peel the wrapper from around a crayon (or alternately use pastels) and lay on the paper. Apply pressure and rub over the leaves to create an image of the leaves beneath.

Bubble art

Supplies needed:
• Dish soap
• Food coloring or tempura paint
• Water
• Paper
• Straws
• Cups or small dishes

Instructions:
In a small cup or dish mix a few drops of food coloring or tempura paint. Add a squirt of dish soap and a small amount of water until the mixture is thin in consistency. Give children a straw and allow them to blow bubbles, monitoring to make sure they do not suck in and swallow the paint mixture. When the bubbles rise over the top of the container, hold the dish and let the children push a piece of paper onto the bubbles. Lay each page flat to dry.

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Mosaic fun

Supplies needed:
• Colored paper
• Glue stick

Instructions:
Tear multiple pages of colored paper into small pieces. Create a design by using a glue stick to attach pieces of colored paper to a full-sized page.

Pet rocks

Supplies needed:
• Smooth rocks*
• Paint/Paint brushes
• Glue
• Googly eyes
• Yarn
• Felt scraps
• Scissors (to cut yarn or felt with adult supervision)

Instructions:
Let children paint smooth rocks and then let the rocks dry completely. After drying, allow them to use glue to apply googly eyes, yarn, felt, or other supplies to create a pet.
*Make sure rocks do not have any sharp edges. This project may not be suitable for very young children.

Blow paint pictures

Supplies needed:
• Paper
• Straws
• Tempura paint
• Water
• Cups or small dishes
• Eye dropper
Optional:
• Markers
• Glue
• Googly eyes
• Stickers

Instructions:
In a small cup or dish mix paint with water until the mixture is thin in consistency. Repeat using different colors in separate dishes. Using an eyedropper, drop different colors of paint onto a piece of paper. Allow the children to use a straw to blow the paint around the page, monitoring to make sure they do not suck in and swallow the paint mixture. Lay each page flat to dry.

Optional: Use other art supplies to embellish the pictures. Get creative! Draw silly faces, add stickers or googly eyes, whatever!

Have a great time!

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