Art Activities for Active Kids

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There are kids who will sit for hours and draw or colour and then there are the kids that won’t! My older kids had the attention span to sit and work on more serious art projects. Being that they were my only children at the time, I naively thought that sit-down art projects would work for all kids!

If you can't get your child to hold still long enough to complete an art project, these fun, active ideas are for you!Then of course my other kids came along and I got another life lesson in how unique each child is. Some of my younger kids cannot sit for long periods of time and do not have the attention span or interest to do a traditional art project. There may be a reason your kids can’t sit still but regardless of the reason, you still need to find ways for them (and you) to cope.

I could have given up on the idea, but I think that exposure to art is important for kids plus I am stubborn (!) so I have found ways that my active kids can still experience hands-on art. We do a lot of large art projects and I’m always looking for ways to add gross movement into our artwork or to do things outdoors.

Here are some ideas for you if you have fidgety or active kids who would rather throw or stomp or run than sit and paint. With some of these, they can do it all!

Art Activities for Active Kids:

Cotton Ball Painting from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting from Mess for Less

Painting with Dandelions from Teaching Mama

Window Painting from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Nature Weaving from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Catapult Painting from Fun a Day

Shaken Container Paintings from What Do We Do All Day

Rolling Pin Art for Toddlers from I Can Teach My Child

Paint Filled Water Balloons from Our Little House in the Country

Rubber Band Painting from Reading Confetti

Fly Swatter Painting from Munchkins and Moms

Shaving Cream Polka Dot Sidewalk Painting from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Bouncey Balloon Painting from Picklebums

Sidewalk Chalk and Water Activity from Happy Hooligans

Painting with Water Balloons from Reading Confetti

Marble Painting from Teach Preschool

Ice Painting from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

added later: Bubble Paint Body Slam from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

Active ArtImage Copyright: belchonock / 123RF Stock Photo

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  1. WHOAH!
    I am always trying to get my guys to sit down and “make art” – maybe it’s the FIRST part of the whole thing that they aren’t into!!!!
    Thanks for the great ideers!

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