Creative painting with children

Coloring pages for children stimulate the imagination and promote creative processes. Also motor skills and imagination benefit. Nevertheless, a little variety can not hurt.

Bubble wrap, soap and co: 15 ideas for creative painting with children

In this post you will find 15 suggestions that inspire children, from bubble wrap to magnetic art.

  1. Bubble Wrap

The first version of the somewhat different painting is rather a kind of print. With bubble wrap printing, the surface, i.e. the round elevations of the film, is painted with any colors. Then press the colored side onto paper or other materials. What remains is an attractive pattern of dots, with which numerous motifs can be created.

  1. Malseife

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Paint soap combines two positive factors: painting and hygiene. As the name suggests, it is soap, which is colored and has a corresponding consistency in order to be creative. The substances are harmless, both for the skin and for bathtubs and bathroom tiles. Brushes are not required; instead, motifs are applied to the body with your fingers or the tub is decorated.

And the practical side effect: the offspring becomes playfully clean. After bathing, the soap can be rinsed off without residue. On the advice page you can get an overview of the offer of Malseife. The portal has arranged products of leading manufacturers and further information.

  1. Puffing technique with straw

Certainly many parents of you know this variant. Here, a simple puffing technique is used: Simply apply low-viscosity blots with water-based paints on paper and distribute them by blowing into the straw as desired. While one end of the drinking straw is in the mouth, the other is placed as close to the colors as possible. Then the distribution succeeds easily.

Tip: Cutting the straws in the middle, then the blowing costs less force!

  1. Dotting technique with drinking straw

Straws can do even more: multiple cuts of the ends create several strips that can still be folded up. The result is a homemade, rough brush, which can be used to dab flower-like motifs onto paper. Combining high-contrast colors creates great pictures.

  1. Scratching technique with wax

This is also a well-known painting technique. First, a paper is painted with colored, but as bright as possible wax crayons. This is followed by a second, opaque layer with black. In the third step, imaginative pictures can be painted with a relatively pointed object (e.g. toothpick or paper clip). Only moderate pressure is applied to remove only the black top layer and expose the colorful surface.

  • fingerprints

Even your own fingers can be excellently transformed into brushes. To do this, dip your thumb, forefinger and Co. in water color and press on paper as desired. It is especially fun painting finger images, if you think about the goal beforehand. Should the fingerprints be birds, plants, Balloons or Easter eggs represent? Which scenes are conceivable and how can colors be used to achieve desired contrasts? Alternatively, they start painting and waiting to see what happens.

  1. Frottage

This printing technique requires sensitivity, but produces breathtaking motifs. The variant with leaves from trees is particularly popular. These are placed under paper and flattened out a little. The structure is then transferred with pencils or chalk. For this, pens must be kept as flat as possible. It doesn't hurt if crayons are not freshly sharpened. The technique works better with a little blunt tips.

  1. Stamp

While frottage is less suitable for toddlers, stamping technology is certainly fun for them. Various objects can be used for this. To stay with the example of nature: leaves of trees are optimal, but they should not be too dry. Otherwise they disintegrate quickly. Brush one side with water or finger paints, press gently on paper and remove the sheet quickly.

  1. sponge technique

Sponges are another practical extra that brings color to paper or cardboard. Since there are motif sponges, creative works of art are created with the sponge technique. Decorative clouds with conventionally shaped sponges.

  1. Painting with bakeware

The back of some baking molds can be converted into stamps in no time at all. All that is required are colorful paints, brushes and generous drawing blocks. Muffin forms are predestined because the small bumps can be colored differently, but as an arrangement they form a neatly lined up unit.

  1. Cotton wool and cotton pads

With a combination of handicraft paper, colored pencils or water colors as well as cotton wool and cotton pads you can make varied art. The cotton-containing elements are glued on and supplemented by painting the paper. Whether it's a winter landscape with a snowman, a summer sun image with a beach or sheep in the pasture with fluffy clouds in the background: whatever you like is allowed.

  1. Paint stones

It does not always have to be paper. Stones are great for creating fantasy. For the painting to last, the use of acrylic paint is advisable.

  1. masking tape

Malerkrepp adheres only slightly and can be easily removed from paper. Perfect for sticking houses, snowflakes or animals. As soon as the motif is applied with the help of painter's crepe, it is painted over with paint. After complete drying, peel off the painter's crepe and enjoy an effective work of art! Contrasts enhance the effect.

  1. Structure with glue

Whether hot glue or classic handicraft glue: If you apply it to colored handicraft paper and then sprinkle it with salt, confetti or something similar, you will create impressive structures. Let it dry well!

  1. Pine cones as a brush

Pine cones have an unusual shape. You can use them when painting with children. On the one hand, the cones can be held tight, on the other hand viscous colors can easily be transferred to paper.

Make sure that the cones are free of resin, so that the painting does not end in the sticky fiasco!


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