11 School Holiday Art Projects for Kids

School holidays can bring mixed reactions from parents. Some parents look forward to sleep-ins and lazy days spending time with the kids. These (clever) parents will embrace school holiday art projects for kids so they can keep the little ones nice and entertained!

Even outside of the school holidays, it never hurts to have a few art projects for kids ready to fill in an afternoon. Here are some of the most interesting art projects for kids we could find. Get ready to get creative – and maybe even get five minutes of peace! Keep scrolling to find out more.

1. Earth Collage

Art Projects For Kids - Earth Collage

By I Heart Crafty Things

Teach your children about the world we live in while encouraging their creativity, all in the same piece of artwork. The interesting thing about this particular art project is that different children using the same materials can produce such different pieces of artwork depending on how they view the world. All you need for this project is a cake board, magazines, pencils, and glue, and you’re ready to go!

2. Tie-Dyed Bookmark

Art Projects For Kids - Dyed Bookmark

By Happy Hooligans

This particular art project would make a fantastic personalised gift. If you put the kids to work now they will easily be able to turn out as many Christmas presents as they need in time for the big day! Otherwise they could post them far and wide to far-off relatives as a thoughtful and meaningful gift.

3. Negative Space

Art Projects For Kids - Canvases

By Robin Egg View

This particular art project is clever in that, for younger artists at least, the end result will be as much of a surprise for them as a will be for anyone else. Your children will have fun splashing paint on the canvas at will, and then be delighted to remove the strips of tape to reveal the perfect white space underneath.

4. Treasure Chest

Art Projects For Kids - Treasure Chest

By Martha Stewart

If your child is interested in collections – especially miniature items such as stickers, stamps, or anything else that is relatively flat and small – a treasure chest will be the perfect way for them to display their passion. The process is simple, involving cutting and folding a piece of paper to the right dimensions to suit your chosen box.

The end result is something children are likely to treasure forever. This is also a great way to encourage your kids to start a collection: once they see how beautifully otherwise uninteresting items such as stamps can be presented, they may be spurred on to look at these items in a new way.

5. Potato Stamps

Art Projects For Kids - Potato Stamps

By Farm Fresh Direct

Most people have tried their hand at potato stamping at one point or another in their childhood, so make sure your children don’t miss out on this important rite of passage.

Potato stamping is the perfect outdoor art project. The best part is that it requires little more than a few unwanted raw potatoes, tubes of paint, and some large paper to print on. Completed potato stamp prints can easily be used later as wrapping paper or greeting cards.

6. Spin Painting

Art Projects For Kids - Spin Paintings

By Artful Parent

You may have seen spin art at a fair or carnival, but most people don’t know that you can create your own spin paintings at home including a regular salad spinner. The design possibilities are endless, and this is a rare art project that will appeal to toddlers, teenagers, and everyone in between.

7. Salt Sculptures

Art Projects For Kids - Salt Sculptures

By Fun at Home with Kids

Salt sculptures are great fun to make, and can be quite addictive too. The sculpture itself is made from regular table salt and water, along with any kind of mould. You can use purpose-made sand toys or even containers found in the kitchen. The colours are then simply added drop by drop using an eyedropper, and it can be fascinating to watch the colour slowly spread throughout the sculpture.

You’ll go through quite a lot of salt when making these sculptures so it is a good idea to buy cheap salt in bulk beforehand, and keep an eye out for miniature molds so that you won’t be using up too much salt with each art piece. From all reports, this is an art project that even the adults will want to try their hand at.

8. Foil Fish

Art Projects For Kids - Foil Fish

From Nurture Store

A clear favourite with toddlers and preschoolers, foil fish are simple to make. The best part is that this under-the-sea art can easily be turned into a mobile to brighten up any room. The light reflects beautifully off these shining shapes, creating a glittering artwork for any space.

9. Crayon Melting

Art Projects For Kids - Crayon Melting

By Happy Hooligans

If you’ve never tried crayon melting – you must! This particular art project is fantastically kid-friendly as it involves shaving the crayons into tiny shards before beginning the melting process. This art project can get messy though, so try it outside or over a plastic sheet if you can!

Other projects involve melting whole crayons, which can involve a fair amount of time and heat (and the potential for mess) whereas this crayon melting project is perfectly suited for children. It’s an excellent way to make good use of a packet of crayons that has seen better days.

10. Create Your Own Stickers

Art Projects For Kids - Creating Stickers

By Artful Parent

What child doesn’t love stickers? Most kids will jump at the chance to create their own personalised stickers. They will be glad to have them ready every time they come to decorate a greeting card or letter. That way, they can pull out their own set of one-of-a-kind handmade stickers.

11. Order A Canvas Collage

Christmas Gifts To Make - Collage

Want to create an awesome memento of you and the family? One of our Photo Collages is the best way to do that. First, choose a design. Then get the kids to choose their favourite photos of the family and work together to arrange them artfully in a collage. Then, simply place your order! It’s that easy.

Hopefully the above ideas will have inspired you to work together with your children to create some amazing pieces of artwork. And when you’ve realised that your children have created beautiful artworks, make sure you take a photo of the finished product! Then, have the best ones printed on canvas to preserve the memory of your children’s first pieces of artwork.


Eli is Canvas Factory's resident blogger and social media buff. She has a passion for art, craft, design, fashion and photography. She loves to explore the joys and challenges of family life, relationships, motherhood and pet ownership. Eli finds it's more funny to poke fun at herself than others. She's travelled extensively and considers herself a citizen of the world.

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