Best Watercolor Painting Ideas for Children


As per a review done by the professors of the International Islamic University, “color has been found to influence memory performance by increasing our attention level and arousal”.

Hence, children are paired with colors more often, especially watercolors because let’s admit – they’re more fun!


Watercolors make for a vivacious activity for kids as a mix and match of colors leads to new discoveries that are exciting for a child.

Pouring watercolors on a sheet of paper can be reinvented in a plethora of ways. Schools also engage in teaching children different ways to paint with watercolors like blow painting, spray painting, and more of which we’ll see in the following section.

Best Watercolor Painting Ideas for Children

Blow painting art

The wonders one can associate with watercolors will never cease. Blow painting is a very elegant and artistic way of using watercolors, which is a frolic activity simultaneously.


To engage in this technique, you dip your brush in your preferred water paints with just a dash of water. Then, make a blot with the brush on the piece of paper.

Now comes the interesting part where you take a straw and blow on the paint so that it spreads throughout the paper.

This can be done with a miscellany of hues to make the painting more vibrant.

Spray painting art

Don’t be misled by the name as you will not be handed a spray paint bottle. Spray painting is another fun way to toy around with watercolors for a mesmerizing outcome.

For this, you’ll need your favourite paints, a bowl of water, a sheet of paper, and a toothbrush. Take your toothbrush to apply some paint on it using a painting brush.

After the application of some water, turn the toothbrush bristles towards the paper and get spraying. It’ll be most effective when you use your thumb for spraying as it’ll provide better grip.

This watercolor painting technique can be used to give impression of stars in the sky or a galaxy of stars. You can also use it to make your own abstract art with it.

Crayon Resist art

Crayon Resist art is an amalgamation of all of your kid’s favourite coloring tools together. Evidently, this watercolor painting idea will involve oil crayons along with some watercolors.

This technique can be used in multiple ways and we’ll learn it with creating a snowflake first.

On a sheet of paper, draw out a big snowflake with your white oil crayon on the sheet of paper. Then, dip your brush in blue watercolor, along with some water and start painting all over your snowflake.

For better results, you can also use white paint on the paper or use it to make lighter shades of blue to depict ice. More water is advised in this idea to make the crayon resist stronger.

This can be used to make trees in green shade, with other tints of green to make a flower with many petals.

Salt painting technique

Art is never boring and it can surprise you and your kid with its versatile nature. Now, get into your kitchen and get a bowl of salt to make your painting hours more fun.

Paint big blocks of different watercolors with thick strokes of water, after dipping your brush into the water.

One has to act quickly here while the paint is still wet and sprinkle some salt on the paint. Make sure you quickly shed off the salt for the best results. Big chunks of salt make the painting stand out more.

Best Watercolor Painting Ideas for Children

Paint with cling wrap

Once again your kitchen becomes an art supply store for this technique. To make a watercolor masterpiece with this painting idea, all you need are your paints and some cling wrap.

The first thing to make sure here is that whatever you paint must be very watery for this technique to work properly. One can paint a beautiful seascape with different hues of blue mixed with white.

Now, to give your art more texture, slap some cling wrap on the painted area and pinch it here and there. Keep it intact for a while before peeling it off. The outcome will be a convoluted, yet artistic painting.