Paint Projects and Learning Activities for Preschoolers

by Bonnie Way

Preschoolers love to get messy and explore, to be creative and express their imaginations. Paint is the perfect medium for various projects and learning activities for kids ages 3 to 5.

Painting with Preschool Children

10 Fun Ideas for Painting with Your Preschooler

We’ve collected ten great ideas for painting with your preschooler. Each of these submissions has been provided by permission from the original bloggers. We encourage you to visit their blogs and follow them on their social media channels.

  1. Three Uses for Sidewalk Paint

    On a sunny day, there’s nothing better than taking the mess outside and letting children explore colours and art on the sidewalk.  BC Family shares three uses for sidewalk paint—and all you need is water, cornstarch, and food colouring!  Read more here.

    preschooler painting with sidewalk chalk

  2. Handprint Turtle

    Your child can use his or her handprint to make a turtle!  Author Janis Cox explains how to create a turtle and decorate his shell.  All you need is tempura paint, glue, paper, a large plate, paint brushes and found materials (like shells, glitter, twigs, etc). Read more here.

    paint a turtle

  3. Painted Name Rocks

    Combine paint, rocks, and letters of the alphabet to make a cool craft for your preschooler.  Jen of Mama Papa Bubba explains how collecting rocks on a walk turned into craft time with her daughter.  Read more here.

    painting rocks with preschooler

  4. Snow Paint

    Whether you get snowy winters or not, you can have a snow day with this fun snow paint!  Mom Endeavors shares ideas for creating snow paint using shaving cream and glue on paper.  Read more here.

  5. Science Activities with Paint

    Paint can be used to teach your preschoolers about simple science concepts.  Sarah presents three paint projects (along with books) and what concepts/skills your child will learn.  Read more here.

  6. Summer Daisies

    Use your preschoolers hands and feet to create a painting of summer daisies.  This makes a great keepsake or gift for the grandparents.  Paula over at Beauty Through Imperfection explains how she helped her kids make their hand and footprints into a picture.  Read more here.

  7. Cookie Cutter Painting

    Jen at Mama Papa Bubba let her preschooler use cookie cutters for painting.  This would be a great way to teach shapes or letters for preschoolers or to have a themed craft day.  Read more here.

  8. Dinosaur Tracks Matching Activities

    Use dinosaurs, paint and paper to create a fun matching activity for your preschooler!  Mom Endeavors explains what her children thought of this idea.  Read more here.  (Psst—this craft would also work great with trucks/cars and other small plastic toys that are easy to wash when you are finished with the paint!)

  9. Rainbow Iceball

    Use a balloon, food colouring, and ice to create a cool art project for your preschoolers.  Read more here.


  10. Painting with Rocks

    Teach your children about using different mediums and techniques for creating art by painting with rocks. Fantastic Fun and Learning explains how her kids created masterpieces just using rocks, paint, and paper. Read more here.


Have fun and be creative!  For more preschool activity ideas, check out our preschool resource page.

Written by Bonnie Way and originally published here on 5 Minutes for Mom on Aug 5, 2013.

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Bonnie Way is a freelance writer, editor, blogger, mom and wife. She has three daughters, ages five, three, and newborn, who take her to parks and read books with her and help fold laundry. When she's not hanging out with them or working on her computer, she enjoys rock climbing, scrapbooking and reading.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 My Kids Guide August 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Thank you so much for including our Ice Ball Painting! So many wonderful projects here! Love it!


2 Jen August 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Such a great round-up! Thank you for including our projects! :)


3 Sarah Normandie August 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Thanks for including our popsicle paint project!
Sarah Normandie


4 michelle b. August 7, 2013 at 6:01 am

What fun ideas!


5 happymomc August 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

lovely ideas for my preschooler!


6 Marti Parks August 8, 2013 at 5:02 am

These are great ideas and such cute artwork.


7 Krystal August 8, 2013 at 5:24 am

I’m definitely going to do some of these with my kids. I can’t wait to try the ice ball one.


8 Barbara Platt August 8, 2013 at 7:17 am

that’s a lot of fun, I want to play, too


9 Jenette August 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Wow these are a lot of great ideas. I will be pinning these, thanks.


10 samantha w August 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

I love the handprint turtle and daisies, they are so cute and a remembrance of how small your child’s hand is


11 The Savvy Bump August 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm

These are all fabulous but my favorite is the cookie cutters because it’s so easy! =)


12 jessica saunders August 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

i can’t wait to try the snow paint.


13 Jen Thomas August 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I am mess adverse when it comes to art, so I have a hard time getting the kids to do art. But these are great ideas!


14 Mozi Esmes mom August 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Very cool! When we were doing alphabet school, we’d try to paint with a medium that started with the letter of the week; e.g. painting with feathers for “F” week. Some very creative things that way…


15 Kelly Brown August 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Oh I love painting with my kids! All of their artwork they make is just precious!


16 Stephanie Bodine August 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

My daughter loves to paint! Thanks for all the great ideas!


17 Cathy H August 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm

What great ideas! I am bookmarking this page. We will definitely paint with my son’s dinosaurs!!


18 Janis Cox September 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Thanks for including Tadeo Turtle in your round-up.


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