40 Easy Toddler Art Projects with Little to No Set Up

Looking for toddler art projects? You’re in the right place! Today we have 40 art activities for little kids. Let’s learn some classic and new art techniques that are great fun!

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We have the best art projects for toddlers!

Best Art Ideas for Preschoolers & Toddlers

Art toddler crafts are more than just a great way to enhance artistic child development, but it’s also the perfect way to enhance a child’s ability to interact with the world around them, providing a set of skills for expressing themselves, problem solving, and communicating with others. Besides, by adding a fun art activity to your little one’s day, they will be able to develop their fine motor skills and improve dexterity on their little fingers.

That’s why we are sharing our favorite preschool art projects that you can do in the classroom or at home. With a few simple art supplies and a little bit of creativity, 3 year olds and older kids will have so much fun creating easy crafts that they can give to friends and family or keep as a keepsake.

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Toddler Art Ideas That Work For Preschool Too!

You’ll need simple supplies to make these craft projects, such as cardboard rolls, plastic bags, shaving cream, watercolor paint, tissue paper, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, food coloring, paper plates, and other things you probably already got at home.

Enjoy these creative activities for preschoolers!

Image shows a Mother's Day present made with fingerpainting art. Idea from Kids Activities Blog
This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

1. Super Easy Mother’s Day Fingerprint Art

This fingerpainting homemade gift is something mom will treasure for years to come, using their fingerprints, finger paints, and a canvas or card.

Image shows a fingerpainting art craft from Kids Activities Blog
Toddler art doesn’t have to be messy!

2. No-Mess Finger Painting for Toddlers…Yes, No Mess!

We simply love this No-Mess Finger Painting idea is genius for kids of all ages who want to get their hands into a project, but you don’t want to have a huge mess.

Image shows a resist art craft project from Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make some fun resist art!

3. Fun Watercolor Resist Art Idea Using Crayons

We have a fun art activity that is great for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids of all ages – let’s make Crayon Resist Art using watercolor paint!

Image shows a ball art craft from Kids Activities Blog
A simple craft that uses balls and paint!

4. Ball Art for Preschoolers & Toddlers – Let’s Paint!

Do your kids enjoy making a mess? Then they’ll love painting with balls – golf balls, tennis balls, marbles, dryer balls – everything works!

Image shows a toddler making sponge painting art. Idea from No Time for Flashcards
Toddlers will have so much fun with this art project!

5. Sponge Painting for Toddlers

Sponge painting is a wonderful way for young children to explore paint, they don’t need to have superior fine motor skills to make some fun marks on the paper. It’s the perfect toddler art activity. From No Time For Flashcards.

Image show an acorn craft for toddlers from No Time For Flashcards
Perfect craft for fall!

6. Acorn Craft For Toddlers

This craft is so easy to set up – all you need is construction paper, a brown paper bag, markers or crayons, and glue – and of course, a toddler wanting to participate! From No Time for Flash Cards.

Image shows an art craft for Earth Day from No Time For Flashcards
Let’s celebrate Earth Day in a fun, artistic way!

7. Recycled Art for Earth Day

No Time for Flashcards shared this super fun recycled art project, where you will find a good use for all of those supplies you’ve never used.

Image shows a toddler playing with scented playdough. Idea from Popsugar
What scent will you choose for this playdough?

8. DIY Scented Play Dough!

Let’s make scented play dough to help our little ones create beautiful works of art with their little hands! From Popsugar.

Image shows a purple craft made with paint from Popsugar
Here’s a twist on how to use stickers!

9. Kidoodles: A Fine-Motor-Boosting Sticker Paint Creation

With a sheet of white paper and an assortment of puffy stickers, kids will be making their own creative sticker paint crafts! From Popsugar.

Image shows a kid doing a handmade Valentine's Day craft. Idea from Hands On as we grow
We love DIY Valentine’s Day gifts!

10. Valentine’s Day Art: The Kids’ HeArts

This heart art craft from Hands on as we grow is so cute, and ideal for a Valentine’s Day DIY gift.

Image shows a kid playing with flour as a sensory activity. Idea from hands on as we grow
Enjoy this sensory play craft!

11. Flour Sensory Play for Toddlers (& Being Okay with the Mess)

Set up a fun busy activity for toddlers and preschoolers. An easy flour sensory play station will entertain children again and again! From Hands on as we grow.

Image shows a toddler playing with a no-mess painting craft. Idea from Mama smiles
Another no-mess art craft!

12. No-mess Color Mixing Art

Want to encourage art but don’t want to clean up the mess after? We’ve got you! Kids can use their hands to create some modern art pieces without making a mess. From Mama Smiles.

Image shows a toddler using stickers for an art craft. Idea from Rainy Day Mum
Grab your bag of stickers for this craft!

13. Easy Sticker Activities for Toddlers

Stickers are great to use with toddlers as they help with fine motor skills and you can get creative with them all year round. Try these activities from Rainy Day Mum!

Image shows a rice art project from  Your Modern Family
Rice art is so much fun!

14. Color Rice Art

Let’s make an easy art craft using colored rice and a sheet of paper! It’s a great way to practice fine motor skills and color recognition too. From Your Modern Family.

Image shows a colored cheerios craft. Idea from Growing a jeweled Rose
Isn’t this cheerios craft super adorable?

15. Rainbow Craft for Kids

Here is a simple and fun rainbow craft the kids are sure to love – who doesn’t love Fruit Loops?! From Growing a Jeweled Rose.

Image shows a contact paper craft from The Imagination Tree
There are endless things you can do with contact paper!

16. Contact Paper Recycled Sculpture

We love collaborative projects like this one from The Imagination Tree! This one uses only contact paper and a collection of recycled materials from around the house.

Image shows a kid playing with a straw and shoe laces. Idea from Hands on as we grow
Get your old shoe laces and a straw for this fun craft!

17. Simple Straw-Threaded Shoestring Necklace

This fine motor practice is so simple, you can use either straws or dry pasta noodles and old shoelaces, and your craft is all ready to be made! From Hands on as we grow.

Image shows a kid playing with salt and food coloring. Idea from Learning 4 kids
Who knew salt could be so much fun?

18. Rainbow Salt Tray

This Rainbow Salt Tray activity from Learning 4 Kids is a fun and inviting pre-writing activity. Draw pictures, create patterns and practice writing your name with salt!

Image shows 3 bags with homemade paint for toddlers. Idea from Tinkerlab
You can make any color you want!

19. Homemade Paint | How to Make Paint

Using a combination of salt, flour, and water, this recipe for homemade paint is beyond simple. From Tinkerlab.

Image shows a sewing project made by a toddler. Idea from Tinkerlab
Yes, even toddlers and beginners can sew!

20. Even Toddlers Can Sew | a Sewing Project for Beginners

Sewing doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s a simple way to sew with a toddler that you can try with materials that you may already have around the house. From Tinkerlab.

Image shows a block craft for toddlers from Hello Wonderful
Imagine all of the designs your little one can make!

21. DIY Kids Art Play Blocks

These brilliantly colored play blocks are a creative way to show off your kids’ art and doodles! From Hello Wonderful.

Image shows a plant pot decorated by a toddler for teacher's day. Idea from Meri Cherry
Nothing’s better than a handmade present!

22. Kid Made Personalized Planters – Best Teacher Gift

There’s no better present than a hand-made one! These personalized planters from Meri Cherry are unique and so much fun to make.

Image shows a marbled paper craft shaped like butterfly. Idea from Crafty Morning
You can create just about anything with marbled paper.

23. How to Make Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream & Paint

Kids love making marble paper as you can make tons of designs with all different colors, and shaving cream is a very fun supply that most of us already have. From Crafty Morning.

Image shows a lobster painting made with footprints and handprints. Idea from The Taylor House
A lovely keepsake!

24. Summer Activities for Kids Series: Lobster Hand and Footprint Art

Grab a pair of googly eyes because we’re making a lobster craft. This craft is perfect to celebrate summer – using our kids’ handprints and footprints! From The Taylor House.

Image shows a toy truck used to make a painting with toddlers. Idea from Learn Imagine Play
Kids will love using their toy trucks for this craft!

25. Painting with Trucks – Art for Kids

Painting with trucks is a classic art activity for kids to watch colors blend and see the tracks left by different tires. Try this tutorial from Learn Play Imagine.

Image shows a toddler name art craft made with painting, it says "Noah". Idea from Learn Play at Home
We love fun writing practices!

26. Easy Toddler Name Art

It’s never too early to start reading practice! This art project for toddlers from Learn with Play at Home is a great place to start.

Image shows a colored soap activity for toddlers. Idea from Mess for Less
Did anyone say colorful bubbles?!

27. Soap Foam Prints

Not only does this art activity using foam produce beautiful results, but it is also super fun for kids as it involves bubbles! From Mess For Less.

Image shows colorful cotton balls and a white sheet with paint over it. Idea from The Chaos and the clutter
Kids of all ages will love this fun painting activity!

28. Cotton Ball Painting

Kids of all ages will love this cotton ball painting activity because what kid doesn’t like messy painting?! It also has elements of fine motor (pinching) and gross motor (throwing), making it a great game for preschoolers. From The Chaos and the Clutter.

Image shows a waterballon and a kid painting it red. Idea from Meri Cherry
Let’s create a cool painting with water balloons.

29. Water Balloon Painting Art Activity

Have you ever painted with water balloons? No? Well, this is your sign to make a fun art activity with your toddlers that involve water balloons! From Meri Cherry.

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Painting with marbles is a fantastic activity!

30. Marvelous Marble Painting

Marble painting is a classic! If you have some marbles, paint, white paper and a baking pan, you’re set to a great start. From Mess for Less.

Image shows a white sheet with text DIY Foam Paint made with shaving cream. Idea from Dabbles and Babbles
Let’s make our own paint!

31. 3 Ingredient DIY Foam Paint

Nothing’s better and easier than foam painting. You only need three ingredients for this one: shaving cream, school glue, and food coloring. Happy painting! From Dabbles and Babbles.

Image shows a kid doing bubblewrap painting art with their feet. Idea from Mess for Less
Stomp painting is super fun!

32. Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting

We all know about finger painting, but what about stomp painting? It’s the perfect activity for a gross motor experience. From Mess for Less.

Image shows a spin painting made with a salad spinner. Idea from DIY Candy
Every design will be unique.

33. Create Spin Art with Kids – No Machine Required

Let’s make modern spin art with an old salad spinner, paint, masking tape, and watercolor paper. This craft is highly addictive! From DIY Candy.

Image shows two egg carton flowers. Idea from I heart arts and crafts
Let’s make some pretty DIY flowers.

34. Egg Carton Flowers

If you have some leftover egg cartons, turn them into some fun spring-themed crafts! These crafts are perfect to display or make as a gift for Mother’s Day. From I Heart Arts n Crafts.

Image shows a scented salt colored craft from Coffee Cups and Crayons
What shape are you going to make with this craft?

35. Scented Rainbow Sensory Activity

This Scented Sensory Rainbow Art project provides a lot of sensory fun with DIY dyed bath salts. From Coffee Cups and Crayons.

Image shows window art made by toddlers. Idea from Happy Hooligans
A fun craft to decorate your home!

36. Window Art with Foam Shapes and Water

Toddlers and preschoolers who like creating and playing with water will love this fun and easy outdoor art activity. Let’s make window art with foam shapes and water. From Happy Hooligans.

Image shows a framed hand silhouette. Idea from Pint sized treasures
A lovely keepsake to keep for years.

37. Easy Rainbow Handprint Silhouettes

Are you looking for a fun way to preserve those little handprints and even put them on display? Try these handprints silhouettes from Pint-sized Treasures!

Image shows an egg carton butterfly garland hanging on a wall. Idea from I heart arts and crafts
Kids will love making this beautiful butterfly garland.

38. Egg Carton Butterfly Garland

Follow this simple tutorial to make the most beautiful butterfly garland made with egg cartons! From I Heart Arts n’ Crafts.

Image shows a Christmas tree craft decorated with buttons. Idea from Happy Hooligans
Finally, a good use for all those buttons!

39. Button and Cardboard Christmas Tree Ornaments

These button and cardboard Christmas trees from Happy Hooligans are a great Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and a fun preschool painting technique too!

Image shows a toddler painting a white sheet with watercolors. Idea from Happy Hooligans
There are so many cute images kids can create with watercolors.

40. Toddler Art with Paper Towels and Liquid Watercolours

Paper towels and liquid watercolors are two supplies that you can grab quickly to keep your little ones entertained for ages while learning about water absorption and enhancing fine motor skills. From Happy Hooligans.


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