This winter we were very into our art (notice the use of ‘were’ – I am full out ignoring the fact that it is still snowing outside). One material that saw a lot of use – in many different ways was watercolors. We tried out so many different watercolor painting ideas! I love these particular watercolor techniques because they are great for kids of all ages.
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We tried many of these 32 watercolor techniques and ideas – and they were great for my little and big kids! Don’t have watercolors on hand? Check out these watercolor paints – perfect for little artists.
Here are 32 Watercolor Painting Ideas for Kids
watercolors and crayon resist – This is a classic! Simple and straight forward – and could be used in so many ways! We made a beautiful winter landscape.
watercolor with coffee filters – Hands on As we Grow. These are gorgeous for spring! What a lovely way to brighten up a room.
Watercolor on canvas – Learn with Play at Home. My daughter loves painting on a canvas – I think it is a sign to little ones that their art is important.
Watercolor, Glue, and Salt – Sweet Happy Life. The process is fantastic – and look at this end result!! Gorgeous!
Watercolor on Board Books – Creative with kids. What a fantastic way to re-purpose!
Watercolor on Eggs – Modern Parent Messy Kids. I have never though of using watercolors on eggs for Easter – what a wonderful watercolor painting idea!
Watercolor paint and cling wrap – Picklebums. We tried this watercolor painting technique and it’s so much fun – it was great fun for even my littlest artist!
Watercolor wet-on-wet technique – Nurturestore. I actually used this watercolor technique in my Kindergarten classroom a few years ago – it is so neat!
Watercolors and stamps – Balzer designs. This technique we have not yet tried, but it is on our to do list. Simply water, stamps, and watercolors! Awesome.
Watercolors and Bubbles – Art Ideas Crafts. We are saving this one to try outside this spring. I know it will be a huge hit!
Watercolor on Seashells – Pink and Green Mama. We have created out of sea shells before, but we have not done watercolor on them – what a neat idea!
Watercolor Silhouettes – Prudent Baby. These look so gorgeous, and you could use so many different silhouettes.
Watercolor and Cookie Cutters – Love and Laundry. Sometimes watercolor painting ideas are simple AND brilliant. I just love this idea of using cookie cutters!
Watercolor and Flower Prints – Lil Sugar. This one is fantastic. I love creating with nature.
Watercolor and Doilies – Whatever … (Meg Duerksen). What a beautiful watercolor painting idea! I love the picture of these strung up in the window.
Watercolors on Pinecones – Sara’s Art House. Another Sara with a weakness for Pine Cones perhaps … LOVE.
Watercolor Pour Painting – Housing a Forest. We have done pour painting on planters before, but not with watercolors – what a neat technique!
Watercolors and Tape – Willowday. This would be beautiful for wrapping presents!
Watercolors and ‘Drippy Splashy’ Process Art – Artchoo. These watercolor ideas – with drippy and splashy techniques – are fantastic examples of process art!
Watercolor and wrapping paper – Buggy and Buddy. I love homemade wrapping paper! Easel paper works really well for this sort of art.
Watercolor Symmetry – Sweet Paul Make. This symmetrical art is so pretty, and full of learning too!
Watercolor sticker resist – Tinkerlab. This is another classic watercolor technique. Perfect for very young artists!
Watercolor and Shaving Cream Marbling – Tot School. This watercolor painting idea is awesome. Just grab some inexpensive shaving cream. Stirring gently is key!
Watercolor and Oil – Babble Dabble Do. I think this watercolor technique may be one of my very favorites. A lovely process and super cool result.
Watercolor and Magic Milk – Life Lesson Plans. Magic milk with watercolors. Super cool.
Watercolor and Snow – Lemon Lime Adventures. We did lots of snow painting this year – but never brought the watercolors out there!
Watercolors on contact paper – My Little 3 and Me. These are such beautiful suncatchers!
Crystallizing Watercolors – Fun at Home with Kids. Love when science and art combines to create beauty!
Watercolor Eruptions – Blog Me Mom. This is another awesome science and art combination – and PURE AWESOME!
Watercolor Painting with Salt – we shared this watercolor painting idea with you yesterday. So simple, and really pretty!
Watercolor on Salt Dough – Watercolors are awesome for painting on salt dough!
I hope you check out some of these neat ideas – art is an amazing outlet for so many kids. I have gotten much better at focusing on the process when doing art with my little ones. These watercolor painting ideas are excellent for focusing on process!
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Nicole Robinson says
These watercolor ideas are simply brilliant. As an art teacher of 3-6 year olds, I am always looking for new ideas! Thank you so much!
So glad you think so Nicole – and thank you very much for taking the time to comment!
Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says
Thanks so much for including our sun catchers. Now I’m off to explore all the other lovely ideas.
Dayna @ Lemon Lime Adventures says
Wow, How did I miss that you included us! Thank you so much! Great collection!
So happy to Dayna – a great idea! Thank you!
Thaleia (@Something2Offer) says
Wow, that’s a lot of different watercolor techniques and ideas. Thanks for linking up to the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop. Hope to see you next week!
Thank you Thaleia!
Great collection! Thanks for sharing at After School!
I’m teaching a week-long watercolor themed class at a summer camp next week and these ideas are BEYOND cool. I can’t wait to see what my campers come up with. Thanks for your help!
Yay! So glad it helped you out Emily!
Connie Carter says
Great work ! Just love the oil and paint and also the bubble painting. Helped me in my Summer Vacation’s Project. Love yaah. Thank you so much.
Very glad this post was helpful to you Connie! Enjoy your summer vacation project and thank you for reading!