It’s the School Holidays! What’s a Kid Got to Do at Home?

Art activities that your preschoolers can do at home

Updated on August 14, 2017 14:08 pm

Suqi Ng

activities for kids to do during school holidays

The school holiday is a perfect time to bring the children out for some fun like heading to the beach, splashing in the swimming pool, camping, spending a day in the zoo… you name it. But there are days when the children do not have many activities in store and the heavy December rain keeps them indoors. Instead of playing computer games all day, why not choose one of the art activities listed below and let them have some fun in the comfort of their homes?

Here are some cool art fun activities that I planned for my three-year-old boy. Although they are done with a preschooler, I’m sure older children will enjoy them, too.

1. Painting with brushes

If you have preschoolers, you will know that teaching them to paint isn’t an easy task, especially since following instructions isn’t exactly their forte. With some patience and guidance, painting can be a lot of fun for them, and it can let them explore creativity and help develop their fine hand muscles.

kids painting classes

What you will need:

  • Brushes: Get large ones that are easy for the child to hold and the brush heads are big enough to hold water and paint. They don’t go for details at this age so you don’t need very small brushes.
  • Paints: I use watercolour paints but you can also get non-toxic poster colours.
  • Drawing paper
  • A water container
  • Palette for paints

My boy said he had painted a dragon. Well, doesn’t look much like one, does it? We try not to limit their creativity and just let them paint what they have in mind.

2. Lotus roots and leaves prints

While at the playground, we gathered a few leaves to use for prints. If you cook lotus roots soup for dinner, let them have some of the leftover roots to use for printing. The children will enjoy this activity. They can create lots of creative paintings with these natural tools.

using food as stencils for kids to do artwork

using leaf as a stencil for artwork

with leaves of different shape to create butterfly artwork

What you will need:

  • Leaves of different shapes
  • Lotus roots cut in the middle: Make sure the root is not cut too small so that there is space for the child to hold it.
  • Paints
  • Palette
  • Drawing paper

3. Creating artwork with sunflower seeds, eggshells, coloured papers, and crayons

This is a fun activity for the children because they get to tear pieces of paper, put glue, and paste sunflower seeds and paper onto the drawing board. I drew a picture of a sunflower and get my child to fill it in with the materials. The shells of the sunflower seeds are used for the middle of the sunflower, the coloured paper and finger printings are for the petals, the crayons for the leaves, and the eggshells for the sand.

What you will need:

  • Shells of sunflower seeds
  • Egg shells
  • Coloured paper
  • Paints
  • Drawing paper
  • Glue
  • Crayons

4. Rock painting

The children will love this when they get bored with painting on plain paper. If you use a normal poster paint, you can wash it off the rock and re-paint it. If you would like to keep the paints on the rocks and use them as paperweights, you can use acrylic paints but do take note that acrylic paints are not kid-friendly and may not be non-toxic.

After painting on with poster colours and letting them dry, my child put a layer of glitter glue over the rocks, and we pretended that these are dinosaur eggs!

painting of rocks

colourful galaxy painted rocks

What you will need:

  • Smooth round rocks
  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Glitter glues

5. Magic watercolour

Take a piece of white drawing paper and do an “invisible” drawing of your child’s favourite object (a flower, a car, a bear, etc.) with an oil-based white crayon. It will still appear like a piece of plain white paper. Ask your child to paint over the white paper with some watercolour. Watch her eyes widen with amazement when the invisible drawing slowly emerges.

magic watercolours for kids painting

an artwork of magic water colour paint

What you will need:

  • Watercolour paints: The paint must be very watery.
  • Large brush that can hold a lot of water
  • White crayon (oil-based)
  • Drawing paper

6. Ice painting

This art activity will be perfect on a hot and humid afternoon! Children can hold the coloured ice cubes and use them to draw and paint on the drawing papers. The colours will transfer onto the paper when the ice melts. You will need to freeze the coloured ice the day before the activity. Drop some drops of food dye into an ice cube tray filled with water and put it into the freezer.

freeze paint into ice creams

use of ice cube with paint on artwork

What you will need:

  • Drawing paper: Use a thick paper that is meant for watercolour painting. This can hold more water.
  • Water
  • Ice cube tray
  • Food dyes in various colours
  • A plastic or metal tray to lay the paper on

7. Personalised clock

We have created lots of artworks with our children! How do we display them? Besides framing them up, we can also DIY them into clocks! I had an IKEA clock with a plain background. Then I replaced the plain background with my child’s masterpiece and the result was a beautiful, artistic and personalised clock!

8. Create an art corner

Create an art corner for your child. Place a kiddie table and chairs set beside the art storage shelf. Everything is at the child’s level, and he or she can easily draw, paint, and create masterpieces on the table.

create a corner in the kid's bedroom for a play corner


Storing your art equipment

Look for spiffy bins to store equipment like brushes, palettes, poster paints, drawing boards, and water containers. This way he can access them and use them whenever he wishes to.

Have fun!

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Photos by Suqi Ng

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