5 Outdoor Art Ideas Your Child Will Love

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.

  1. Cut the bottom off a plastic bottle about 2 thirds of the way along, leaving the bottle neck and the top third.
  2. Discard the bottom end of the bottle.
  3. Pull a sock down over the remainder of the bottle, covering the cut end.
  4. Fold the sock back over itself, so that it’s not covering the mouth of the bottle.
  5. Mix some paint and bubble mixture.
  6. Dip the sock covered end into the bubble mixture.
  7. Blow into the mouth of the bottle. It will create a rainbow bubble snake.
  8. 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!

Slide painting

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.

Swing painting

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.

Squidgydoodle craft and party boxes include a variety of art and sensory activities, including some process art activities. If you’re looking for a hassle free way to enjoy creating at home with your child, take a look at my shop.


What are your favourite outdoor art activities? Please feel free to comment below.


Mum Muddling Through
Burnished Chaos


  • Pen Posted June 29, 2018 9:03 pm

    OMG, these are great ideas. I love the sock over the bottle idea. Brilliant! Pen x #coolmumclub

    • Debbie Denyer Posted June 30, 2018 8:52 am

      Thanks Pen, It’s really easy to make and very effective. It’s good for little ones who find it hard to use a bubble wand too.

  • Pen Posted June 29, 2018 9:03 pm

    Sorry should have added #coolmumclub

  • Claire Posted July 2, 2018 6:45 pm

    these are amazing ideas! i will be pinning this! thanks for sharing #FamilyFunLinky.

    • Debbie Denyer Posted July 4, 2018 6:50 pm

      Thanks Claire, that’s very kind. I really appreciate it.

  • Mother of 3 Posted July 2, 2018 8:31 pm

    We’ve tried most of these (though no swing painting!). They are lots of fun. We also tried water balloon painting and splatter painting– summer is just the best time for messy outside art projects! #familyFunLinky

    • Debbie Denyer Posted July 4, 2018 6:52 pm

      Summer is fantastic for art isn’t it? It takes away all the stress of the mess and you can try much larger scale creations too. Kids love creating on a larger scale…I do too!

  • MMT Posted July 2, 2018 8:48 pm

    oooh my girls would LOVE doing these! Some great summery fun activities
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

    • Debbie Denyer Posted July 4, 2018 6:53 pm

      I’d love to see your photos if you try any! Just tag @squidgydoodle on Facebook or Instagram and @SquidgydoodleHQ on Twitter

  • Helena Posted July 3, 2018 6:10 pm

    Love the sound of these activities #CoolMumClub

    • Debbie Denyer Posted July 4, 2018 6:54 pm

      Thanks Helena, don’t forget to tag @squidgydoodle if you give any a go.

  • Alice v Posted July 3, 2018 7:05 pm

    The bubble snake painting idea sounds really cool. I think my kids would really like it.

    • Debbie Denyer Posted July 4, 2018 6:55 pm

      Thanks Alice. It’s really easy to make and great fun.

  • charlotte stein Posted July 3, 2018 9:45 pm

    We have just bought water pistols, so I think we will be trying that one out! #coolmumclub

    • Debbie Denyer Posted July 4, 2018 6:56 pm

      Thanks Charlotte. You definitely should! I’d love to see your photos if you do. Just tag @squidgydoodle on Facebook or Instagram and @SquidgydoodleHQ on Twitter

  • Millie Posted July 4, 2018 12:56 pm

    Great ideas! The bubble one we can try in the communal garden I think 🙂 #FamilyFunlinky

    • Debbie Denyer Posted July 4, 2018 6:57 pm

      Hi Millie, You should definitely try it! You can do it indoors too, as it’s not so messy. If you’re worried about the mess though, try it in the bath!

  • Alana – Burnished Chaos Posted July 7, 2018 8:03 pm

    So many great ideas here, unfortunately the only outside space we have is a bit of decking so we would have to completely cover it in some plastic sheeting first. I love the bubble snake idea!
    Thank you for joining the #FamilyFunLinky x

  • Poe Posted July 9, 2018 2:35 pm

    I can’t wait to try these with my son as he gets a little older. For now, I think we can try the fly swat, maybe. Great post! #familyfun

    • Debbie Denyer Posted July 12, 2018 9:10 am

      Thanks Poe, The fly swatting is a lot of fun! I’d love to see some pictures if you give it a go. Tag @squidgydoodle on Facebook or Instagram.

  • kid can doodle Posted July 10, 2018 8:58 am

    I LOVE all these ideas! cheers, Lana at kidcandoodle

    • Debbie Denyer Posted July 12, 2018 9:16 am

      Thanks Lana, I hope you enjoy trying some of them.

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Buy 4 mini craft kits for the price of 3 with the code ADVENT Dismiss