I’m a firm believer that art can, and should, be taken outdoors throughout the year! Even something simple, like crayons and paper, takes on a different dimension when outside. Since summer’s almost here, I thought it would be a good time to share some super fun summer art projects the kiddos can try outside.
Ok, I have to admit that I wrote this list for purely selfish reasons! I want all of these fun ideas in one spot as I’m planning for preschool summer camps. Plus, I like ideas like these for summer days with my son.
awesome summer art projects to take outside
Catapult Painting | Fun-A-Day
Bowling Ball Painting | Eager Ed
Squirt Gun Painting | Fireflies and Mud Pies
Outdoor Salt Art | Buggy and Buddy
Splat! Exploring Gravity Through Art | Fun-A-Day
Painting with Pinwheels | Sugar Aunts
Erupting Ice Chalk Painting | Learn~Play~Imagine
Rainbow Bubble Wrap Tree | Twodaloo
Painting with Coconuts | Fun-A-Day
Summer Painting for Kids: Sheet on the Lawn | The Pleasantest Thing
Water Balloon Color Mixing | No Time for Flash Cards
Paint with Frozen Paint Cubes on a Hot Day | Hands-On: As We Grow
Spray Bottle Mural | Gift of Curiosity
Water Shooter Tie Dye | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Big Art: Painting with Your Feet | Fun at Home with Kids
the benefits of outdoor summer art projects
Of course I have to comment on WHY these outdoor art activities are so wonderful. 😉 First of all, they are super duper fun for the kiddos (and adventurous parents, too)! I’ve gotten into the summer art fray many times, and it really is a blast. In addition to that, many of these art projects incorporate gross motor skills and sensory exploration. They also tend to be art on a BIG scale, as well as an easy way to make art collaborative.
So, which of these super cool summer art projects are you going to try first?
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Simple Art Materials for Kids
Now that you’ve got several summer art project ideas in your back pocket, make sure that you’re all stocked up on some useful art supplies.
Here are a few of the materials you might use for preschool art projects (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Liquid watercolors
- Coffee filters
- Washi tape
- Dot markers
- Contact paper
- Construction paper
- Washable tempera paint
Leave me a comment and tell me some of YOUR favorite fun art projects for kids.
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Outdoors + Art? I want to attend your preschool summer camp too!
This is such an awesome list and we are totally going to work our way through it this summer. Thank you for featuring our bowling ball painting!