Easy Art for Kids – Painting On Wood.

You know how we are doing that crazy renovating thing right? Well there is a lot of scraps and off cuts of wood lying around the Pickle Farm at the moment. We had lots of fun creating sculptures and building things with the wood scraps and glue guns, and we’ve enjoyed using the wood scraps with play dough too, but we still have heaps of bits of wood lying around.

What to do with all those lovely boards??
Paint on them of course!

Watercolours on wood - an easy art activity for kids

An easy way to make basic watercolour painting a little different and exciting is to change the thing you are painting on. There are so many things you can paint on besides paper, and these lovely smooth planks of wood made the perfect canvas.

Watercolour paints are also a low messy, easy, painting option – so this activity took no time at all to set up and was cleaned up in a flash.

water colours on wood

The kids painted and painted, watching how the watercolours ‘sunk in’ to the wood quite quickly… different to how the paint goes on to paper.

easy art for kids - painting on wood

When we were done we had a huge collection of beautifully coloured wooden planks. We saved them to use in our block constructions and imaginative play.

easy art for kids - painting on wood

This easy art for kids activity, was simple, low mess, and had lots of interesting and creative results!

So if you happen to be building something, or wandering past a building site, take a look around and see if they have any wood scraps that you could paint on!

What are some other surfaces you’ve painted on?


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  1. says

    Such a great idea, i’ve done this before with off cuts, even if the art isn’t worth of keeping, it sure keeps them busy!! When my 4 were little i’d also give them a bucket of water with food colouring in it, a paint brush & say “off you & paint the fence/ bricks/ windows” & it kept them entertained for hours!! Love Posie

  2. says

    new follower- I like your blog so much I put it on my home page! from the play hop- Kelli
    (now I know what to do with that stack of wood in the garage I just knew I’d have a need for!) :)

  3. Nancy says

    This is a great idea. I had several large cardboard cylinders that someone had given me set out in the block area. One day a child brought them to the art area when we were using paint.The idea caught on and soon all the cylinders were painted. It’s great to have those painted cylinders in the block area.
    I had also had a parent cut me some round three quaeter inch thick pieces of wood to use for making necklaces. These were out on my desk for use later in the week. A child spotted them and took them to the block area. Soon they were rolling them down a plank, taking turns to see which one rolled the furthest. If we are open as teachers to our plans changing, by the children’s explorations we can be pleasantly srprised that the learning results may be richer than we ever intended from the original project idea.


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