I get really excited when the sun is shining, as it means we can try some outdoor art ideas for kids. Imagine your child’s excitement when you tell them that mess doesn’t matter. They can splat and squirt paint to their hearts content!
Creating outdoors is one of my top art tips for parents.
5 outdoor art ideas your child will love:
Bubble snake painting
If your child likes bubbles they’ll love this art activity.
- Cut the bottom off a plastic bottle about 2 thirds of the way along, leaving the bottle neck and the top third.
- Discard the bottom end of the bottle.
- Pull a sock down over the remainder of the bottle, covering the cut end.
- Fold the sock back over itself, so that it’s not covering the mouth of the bottle.
- Mix some paint and bubble mixture.
- Dip the sock covered end into the bubble mixture.
- Blow into the mouth of the bottle. It will create a rainbow bubble snake.
- If you let the bubbles land on paper you can create a bubble print.
Fly swat painting
Fly swat painting is a great process art activity. It is very messy, so a great outdoor art activity. Put your paper on the ground, dip your fly swat in paint and then splat it onto the paper. We added spiders for the children to splat!
Water pistol painting
My eldest recently did a project at school about famous artists. She chose Jackson Pollock, which gave us a great opportunity to try water pistol painting. This is definitely an outdoor art idea as it can get very messy!
Use a large piece of paper, or a sheet. You can also put some paper on an easel if you have one. We just put our paper on the ground on top of a PVC tablecloth.
Partially fill a water pistol with water and add some paint. Then squirt away!
This outdoor art idea is a lot of fun. Don’t worry if you don’t have a slide as you can create your own ramp, by leaning some cardboard up against a box. Line the slide with paper and squirt some paint at the top of it. You can then roll things through the paint and down the slide. Try cars, trains, balls or conkers.
If you have a swing give this outdoor art activity a go. Put a large sheet of paper underneath your swing and lie face down on the swing. Hold some paint bottles and start swinging back and forth, squirting the paint as you swing.
They sound great but why should I encourage outdoor art activities?
As well as being a lot of fun, outdoor art activities are good for children. When your child is squirting a water pistol or making a bubble snake they’re developing fine motor skills. When splatting a fly swat or swing painting they develop gross motor skills.
The outdoor art ideas encourage the use of STEAM skills. For example maths skills are used in calculating what angle to squirt the water pistol. Engineering skills are used in creating the bubble snake.
There are also significant benefits to children’s brain development from outdoor play.
If you like the sound of these activities, but would like to try something that’s not so messy, give these action art ideas a go.
These outdoor art ideas are all process art activities, where the focus is on the experience rather than the final outcome. Find out more about the benefits of process art and why you should be doing it.
You might also be interested in these 5 process art ideas to try at home.
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What are your favourite outdoor art activities? Please feel free to comment below.