Top 10 Art Activities by Artful Parent

Oil Pastel Painting for Kids


Try these Top 10 favorite process art activities for kids! These are easy, open-ended and fun art projects for kids of all ages.

For years now, I’ve been working on a list of favorite art activities for kids. Every time we try a new art activity, or even revisit an old favorite, it gets measured against the list in my head.

To get included on my list of favorite and best art activities, it needs to fit the following criteria:

  • The process is fun and open-ended.
  • It’s easy to do.
  • It’s the kind of activity that kids want to do over and over again.
  • Plus, the end result looks pretty great, too.

Jean Van't Hul

Children's Art Enabler, Mother of Two, Lover of Cherry Pie and Nature


Raised Salt Painting

1. Raised Salt Painting

This is an all-time favorite kids art activity that is loved by all ages from toddlers on up. Plus it uses materials you already have! Glue, salt, and either liquid watercolor paint or food coloring.

Oil Pastel Painting for Kids

2. Oil Pastel Painting

Combine the vibrant colors and smooth application of oil pastels with baby oil for a painting effect.

Nature Sun Catcher

3. Nature Suncatchers

Make beautiful flower or leaf suncatchers to hang in the window! This spring or summer craft uses a paper plate as the frame for a nature suncatcher that anyone can make.


See the Full List of Art Activities featured in this article