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Two young girls painting rocks in the garden.

Outdoor Painting Ideas for Kids

Our cities are getting busier and living in this environment with a family can be a real challenge. Where are the spaces for children to play and have fun? From Hanoi to Santiago, Paris to Bangkok, concrete jungles are often times more common than local parks! Along with these outdoor painting activities, we have lots of ideas for outdoor games for city kids who don’t have much space to play.

So visit the Kids’ Activities page to check out our outdoor play ideas for you and your child. No garden required! Today we explore some ways for your children to enjoy outdoor art activities in their neighbourhood.  

Outdoor Painting Activities for Children

Every child deserves the freedom to play no matter where they live. Think about the space around your home. Do you have a small driveway or yard? Maybe there’s a small piece of pavement in front of your home? Or a wall or fence? Or just a step? All of these places can be used as great outdoor painting spots for your kids.  It just takes a bit of imagination – something that most kids have got plenty of.

For example, why not be  inspired by  the “tres bon coin” idea in France where local communities are reclaiming corner walls in their cities as places for children to display art works and show off their creative skills, or, if you want a really safe space, use the wall of your house. Using space creatively will develop expression in your child and give them a different way to look at the world, challenging their common idea of a city environment.  

Get the Paintbrushes out for Outdoor Art Activities

If you have some space outside your home – a driveway or yard or just a wall – why not let your child paint it (non-permanent of course!)? It’s simple to create water-soluble paint that will be washed away next time it rains or with a bucket of old mop water. Make the paint by mixing 60ml of corn flour with 60ml of water and stirring until it’s mixed well. You can colour the paint with a few drops of food colouring or coloured powder. Don’t use too much food colouring as you want the paint to wash away easily.

Your child can use the paint to design a wall mural, make games like a hopscotch grid, or brighten up paving slabs by making them different colours. Let their imagination shine through using these great art activities for children.  

No Yard or Driveway? No Problem!

If you don’t have any outdoor space where it’s safe for your child to play, don’t worry. Why not dedicate a wall inside your home to creating a display of your child’s art work? You could use sticky tape or create a hanging system using string or an old washing line and some pegs. This would work really well on an outdoor wall or fence too Get your child to paint and draw a series of images and then display them on the wall like an art gallery to show off the amazing work that they have produced.

If you’re doing this on a communal wall perhaps other children in the building or neighbourhood will want to join in and show their paintings off too?  

Paint Splashes on Clothes?

Don’t worry too much if your child gets poster paint on their cotton T-shirt whilst they are creating their masterpieces to hang on the wall. Just treat the stain as soon as possible by dampening and rubbing with Surf excel Liquid, then rinse in water as hot as the fabric allows. You can repeat this until the stain is removed. Then simply wash with a Surf excel biological detergent.

Just check the label for care details of the stained garment before cleaning the stain.  

Do you Have Outdoor Painting Ideas for Kids?

How do people where you live make the most of the space for their children to play? Share your outdoor paint games with us in a comment here and check out these t-shirt painting ideas for more arty activities!