22 Creative & Cool Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

Let’s take our art project ideas outside!

It all started when I was thinking of ways to take art into the garden – really simple and fun ideas for spontaneous outdoor creativity, without much of the directions and restrictions of indoors.  One of the things I love about doing outdoor art with kids is that no one is worried about the mess.

Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

Oooodles of inspiration for keeping the little, and not so little, engaged in the garden this summer.

Outdoor Art Projects for Kids

I’ve collected 22 of my favorite outdoor art ideas, all requiring little in the way of preparation and clean up! 

DIY Chalk Rake Art

This is a rake with chalk at the end of each of the rake prong making it a really fun chalk marking activity that can make an entire rainbow in one swipe of the rake! via laughingkidslearn

DIY Garden Art

Create a quiet painting space with the help of your child.  Choose just the right tree for shade or bush for cozy fort feeling.  Set up an easel and grab a handful of supplies.  You can create a simple, yet super fun painting space for your little one.  I am SO in love with this idea from livingonlove (no longer available online)

Trampoline Artist Drawings

Perfect for spontaneous outdoor creating, gorgeous great big canvas that the rain or garden hose will clear up for you, bonus! via childhood101

Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

Body Art by Kids

Kids will love the freedom to brush paint all over themselves – get ready to hear a chorus of ‘best day ever’. See the magic for yourself on CurlyBirds

Sidewalk SPLAT Painting

Homemade chalk filled balloons- such a FUN way for kids to create art this Summer! via growingajeweledrose

Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

Bring the Easel Outdoors

Tape some large paper directly to the side of your house or fence house for an  instant easel. via tinkerlab

Painting Wall

A painting wall is such a great idea to get children up and away from desks where their little arms are restricted. Give them the room to explore, create and get messy! via mericherry

Outdoor Art Studio by Kids

Seven Tips for Setting up an Impromptu Garden Art Studio. via tinkerlab

Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

Mud Pictures

Some wonderful messy fun ¦.followed by a bath! on CurlyBirds

Chalk Paintings

Patio paintings that make you smile until it rains… so gorgeous from buzzmills

Crayon Wax Rubbings

A classic art project for kids is crayon rubbing – that is easy, fun and great for fine motor skills development, recognizing textures and colors. 

Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

Natural Loom Art

An outdoor loom out of a tree stump woven with natural materials. So so pretty from babbledabbledo

Petal Pictures

Kids being kids they like to pull the petals off flowers so here’s the most darling ideas for crafting cards and little pictures with glued petals. via CurlyBirds

Splatter Painting Art

The more messy the art project, the more memorable (and FUN) the experience becomes. via InnerChildFun

Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

Handprint Art In The Garden

When the sun is shining and the children are feeling creative my girls love nothing more than heading out into the garden and creating  some big, messy, joyful art like this outdoor handprint art project.

Giant Duct Tape Flowers

Oh how I love these – giant cereal box flowers to say I love you ‘big much’. via leighlaurelstudios

Garden Sculptures

Brighten up our garden with a gorgeous kid-made clay port sculpture. The kids will love being involved in every step of the process. Pop over to nurturestore to see the magic for yourself

Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

Outdoor Chalkboard

Get your kids outside with this fun life-size chalkboard! via projectdenneler

Resist Art Stepping Stones

A fun garden art project to brighten up your garden via Twodaloo

Clothes Peg Art Gallery

After children create their artwork, wet paintings can be clipped to tree branches to dry. via wordplayhouse

Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

DIY Cool Whip Painting

This is a great sensory activity, as it tastes good, looks cool, and feels awesome! Great for small kids who put everything in their mouths, via livingonlove (no longer available)

Water Painting

A little outside “crafting” that requires no clean up and only a few supplies – a bucket of water and some paint brushes!! via buzzmills

Outdoor Art Ideas For Kids

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What outdoor art project are you going to try first?



  1. Amazing ideas. It will encourage kids creative activities that help kids mental growth. Thanks for sharing the nice idea.

  2. Wow! what an idea! really amazing though. Really helpful thought for kids mental growth.

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