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Have a read of our Hot Topics articles all about how to make homemade paints for kids! We have a whole range of paint recipes and painting ideas which are easy to make at home and will keep your toddlers and pre-schoolers busy for hours!

From edible paints to snow paints, foam paints to water colour paints, bread paints, sparkly paints, puffy paints, spice paints and chalk paints!
Homemade bath paints

Homemade bath paints

For kids who love to have a bath! These bath paints will turn bath time into a colourful painting session. They’re lots of fun to use and cheap and easy to make with everyday ingredients.
Make your own spice paints

Make your own spice paints

Find out how to make your own spice paints and arouse your kids senses as they take their paintings to a whole new level. Spice paints are easy to make using shop bought or homemade paints as the base. A fun sensory play activity and a good way to use up old herbs and spices from your pantry.
Make your own non-toxic watercolour paints

Make your own non-toxic watercolour paints

Find out how to make your own non-toxic watercolour paints with this simple recipe using just 5 ingredients from your pantry. Quick and easy to do and safe for young kids to use.
Make your own foam paints

Make your own foam paints

Try this recipe for puffy foam paint. It’s the perfect messy play activity. Great for outside, baths and shower times and playing with on highchair trays. Kids will love it!
Make your own edible finger paints

Make your own edible finger paints

OK a bit messy, but lots of fun! Make your own edible finger paint for the kids. It’s cheap to make and safe to use and if there’s any left over, store it in the fridge or freezer to use for another day.
Make your own snow paint

Make your own snow paint

Such a fun thing to do during winter and so easy to make. No need to go outside! Stay warm indoors and help your little ones make their own snow creations.
Make your own sparkly finger paints

Make your own sparkly finger paints

Kids love painting with their fingers, but don't let the mess scare you! Sparkly finger paints are a great sensory play activity which will capture their attention longer than any other painting project! Check out this super easy recipe and make some sparkly finger paints at home.
Make your own ice chalk paints

Make your own ice chalk paints

Painting with ice chalk paints is lots of fun! Make the most of the summer weather and have a go at this easy ice chalk paints recipe. It’s a great outdoors messy play activity, science experiment and painting material all in one!
Mess free painting

Mess free painting

It’s a win win - kids get to paint and there’s no mess for parents to clear up! This kids mess free painting idea is easy to set up and perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers to do at home. A fun sensory play activity to try on a rainy day.
Make your own puffy paints

Make your own puffy paints

It’s easy to make your own puffy paints at home using just 4 basic ingredients and a microwave. A fun messy play activity that’s suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Painting with marshmallows

Painting with marshmallows

Who knew painting with marshmallows could be so much fun! It’s really easy to set up and a great activity to help toddlers and pre-schoolers develop their fine motor skills.
Make your own fizzing paints

Make your own fizzing paints

Have a go at making your own fizzing paints using baking soda and vinegar. The exploding fizzy eruptions are great fun and bring your kids' paintings to life. It’s a messy play activity and science experiment all in one.
Make your own bread paints

Make your own bread paints

Check out this fun snack idea and make breakfast or lunchtime more fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers by painting their bread! It’s cheap and easy for even young kids to do.
Questions to ask pre-schoolers about their artwork

Questions to ask pre-schoolers about their artwork

Young children love to paint and draw, build and sculpt and when they present us with their masterpieces it’s easy to tell them they’ve done a great job, whatever the results. However with a few open-ended questions you can find out a little more about what they’ve produced and what inspired them. You’ll also help develop their creative and critical thinking skills.
Tie dye art

Tie dye art

Kids love messy play and this easy tie dye art activity using baby wipes needs minimal prep and leaves very little mess to clean up afterwards.
Bubble wrap roller painting

Bubble wrap roller painting

Take your kids artwork to the next level with bubble wrap roller painting! The bubble wrap helps to create interesting and colourful pieces of art to hang on your wall or homemade wrapping paper for family birthdays and Christmas presents. This activity is great way for your little one to practice colour recognition too.
Painting with potato stamps

Painting with potato stamps

A tried and tested classic! Potato stamps are lots of fun and cheap and easy to make at home. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will love getting their hands messy and creating some great pieces of art.
Tulip fork painting

Tulip fork painting

Have a go at this fun spring art activity. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will love creating their own colourful garden of tulips using forks and some paints.

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