13+ Ideas for Children’s Art Week

Surprise! This week is Children’s Art Week… What’s that, I hear you say? Well, I’m super excited to fill you in…

Children’s Art Week is run each year by Engage, a UK charity. The charity’s mission is to promote learning through artwork, artists, museums and galleries and to encourage involvement in the arts. During this week there are events all over the country. Head on over to their events page to find some near you.

Children’s Art Week at Home

Can’t get to an event? Fear not!

Celebrating is not only possible at home, but it may be simpler than you think! In this post, I’ve pulled together the best art activities for kids from around the web. It’s my wish to take some of the pressure off of you this week mama šŸ™‚ After all, it’s almost the end of the school year… your brain is probably fried, amirite?! šŸ˜€

If you’re just getting started with arts, crafts and messy play… (maybe you have a 3 year old that found a biro and the large canvas known as “cream wall” #TrueStory!)… then I’ve got a cheat sheet of essential arts and crafts supplies that you should always have to hand. Check it out here!

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Categories

I’ve separated the activities into different categories. Click each link to shoot directly to that section:

Quick Activities
All The Fun
Suitable for Younger Children
Other Collections of Activities

And, if you want an easy reference, I’ve created a Children’s Art Week section in my Raising Mindful Kids Pinterest board. Check it out and don’t forget to follow me for more fun ideas too!

Let’s get started!


Quick Activities


I remember doing pulled string pictures when I was in school (waaaay back when!). I don’t remember them ever looking this good!

Thankfully, Jean from The Artful Parent has a really handy video to show us all how it’s done. Thank you Jean!


I LOVE a really detailed walkthrough and that’s exactly what is provided here by Andreja from Easy Peasy and Fun!

These paper plate rainbows are just what you need to brighten up a rainy day!


Natalie from DoodleCraftBlog provides you with templates to create the most adorable badges I’ve ever seen.

Even though the badge making is fairly complex, I’ve included them in the quick section because the thumb animals are a wonderful, quick and easy, after school activity šŸ™‚


Painting on foil is not something I’ve personally come across but I will be giving it a go with the boys in the near future!

The way that Louise from messylittlemonster.com links the foil painting with inspiration from Van Gogh is inspirational, linking fine art and messy fun!


All The Fun


Just LOOK at these gorgeous gratitude mobiles from Meri of mericherry.com.

Not only are they works of art, they also help your child foster an attitude of gratitude. Now there’s a life skill I love <3


Shaving foam prints rock *and* they are a great sensory activities for young kids!

The way this is broken down in Fun With Mama by Nadia is great along with clear, bright photos. It’s as much a joy to read as it is to do!

We’ve been loving having a go at these recently and I’ll share how we got along real soon!


Here’s another awesome sensory activity… painting… WITH BUBBLES! This is another one we have on our todo list.

What I love about this tutorial from Jennifer of Early Learning Ideas is the ‘Additional Ideas’ section at the bottom of the post, well worth a look!


We recently had a spaced themed day with our Holidays with Heart series and I wish I had spotted this activity before. It was just right for the occasion.

Why not head on over to someonesmum.co.uk and let Danielle show you how it’s done!


Suitable for Younger Children


This adorable painting activity from ArtyCraftyKids.com uses your child’s handprint as the beginning of a beautiful tree.

The nature of this artwork makes it a wonderful keepsake or even a gift! (Father’s Day coming up – 19th šŸ˜‰ )


Over on my Studio Instagram I’ve been having fun making pop art prints from people’s selfies.

This pop art leaf print exercise will brighten up any kids day! Check out Emma’s walkthrough guide over on kidscraftroom.com! Andy Warhol eat your heart out šŸ™‚


Got a sensory seeker in the house? This touch, sound, sight activity from craftulate.com creates awesome art as a result. Can’t get any better than that!

Also check out the Fine Motor section for ideas to get those little nippers moving!


Collections of Activities


These five kids painting activities by Catherine of GeorgieMae look super fun and are a must-try. Especially if you’re a momma of smaller children who love to make marks and get messy!


Ok, I get it, we’re all busy moms but some of us are busier than others. If you need something super simple then look no further than these ten drawing games for kids by Jeanette at craftwhack.com!


And that, my friends, brings us to a close!

I hope you and your little ones have some seriously fun times this week and don’t forget to tag me if you share what you’ve been up to. You can find me at @imperfecting_it on Instagram and Twitter!

See you soon! <3

Don’t forget…

Swipe my FREE checklist of kids art supplies you should always keep to hand!

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  1. I love this so much! The painting with bubbles is such a cute idea.

    1. Thank you Megan! <3 I know right? One that's definitely on my list to have a go... maybe I'll let the kids join in šŸ˜‰

  2. These are fantastic crafts! My son is really into Space, and Iā€™m so excited to try out the sun catchers!

    1. Yes! They look awesome don’t they! Do let me know what they turn out like <3

  3. Such awesome ideas! Especially with my kiddos on summer break. Thanks for sharing! šŸ™‚

    1. Hope you have a fun, stress-free holidays Cassie! <3

  4. What fun ideas for childrens crafts! I love finding new ways for my kids to express their creativity!

  5. These are all so creative and simple to do! Love it.

  6. Wow! There are so many great projects here. I have a 3 year old who loves to do arts and crafts so this will come in handy!

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