hello Summer!

Wow, have we ever been waiting for you!   Warm weather is finally (finally!) here, kids are out of school and family vacations are coming up.

Summer is the perfect time to take your art making outside.  There are many ways to have creative fun in your yard or the park; here are three of our favorites.

Shaving cream and a sprinkler.  The title pretty much says it all!    Shaving cream is a fantastic medium for kids to explore.  They love the squishy foamy consistency and it encourages investigation into texture.

You can spread it on a slip and slide, spray it on tummies and legs, fill a bucket for the kids to scoop, cover a sliding board – there is no limit to the fun you can have!  And when you are done, just grab a hose to wash it all away.

Here are some other blog posts for inspiration:

train up

from Train Up a Child

play create sha

from PlayCreateExplore

jeweled rose

from Growing A Jeweled Rose


from Birmingham Bargain Mom

Chalk, paintbrushes and water.  These relatively simple and ubiquitous tools can be used in a variety of ways.  Chalk on its own is lots of fun, but combined with water, it takes on additional depth and the colors are especially vivid.

  • Wet the area the kids are going to draw on first with a hose or by dumping buckets of water on it.  Then let them draw – the chalk glides easily and has an almost paint–like texture.
  • Create drawings out of chalk, then paint over them with water by using paintbrushes.  This can create whole new looks for the drawings and children enjoy experimenting with the effects of water on chalk.

filthy wizardry

from Filth Wizardry

  • Soak chalk in water.   Let the chalk sit in water for a few minutes to absorb water and then use them to draw.  The wet chalk creates a much thicker line and lays down more pigment.

play crete

 from PlayCreateExplore

  • Just plain water and paintbrushes can create interesting images on the sidewalk.  Try taking some brushes and buckets to the pool for your kids to paint on the pavement there.


from The Thrifty Couple

  • Create a racetrack out of chalk.  One of our instructors did this at home on a relatively small patio and for her children to race matchbox cars.  She also drew bigger “lanes” when her kids were older and they used tricycles, scooters or any wheeled device to drive around.   This can be taken to the park for much bigger courses.


from At Number 29

Also see posts from:

The Osborne Family

What’s Fun Today?

  • Spread out in a playground.  One of our teachers reminisces: “One dreadfully hot summer we would go out almost every evening after dinner and draw on the local barely-used basketball court.  We’d bring tons of chalk and do gigantic drawings, with different themes each night: circus, flowers, bugs, cars….   It was a great time spent together.”

chalk caterpillar

our chalk pics jpg

Melting crayons in the sun.  There are a few ways to do this but they all create random and bright works of art from drippy wax.

  • Decide if you want your crayons to be removed from the wrappers or not – either is fine.   Then hot glue gun crayons to the top of a canvas or use regular white (Elmer’s) glue – just make sure to keep the canvas flat until the glue is dried.
  • Next, lean it against a wall until the crayons melt and the way drips down. (Yes, you can use a hairdryer or heat gun if you want it to melt more quickly!)

from Instructables

Fun timelapse video of melting crayon art:


  • This is another method where you place broken pieces of crayon on a canvas and place it in the sun. Once they are melted, place the canvas on a bowl to be able to spin it, and you’ll get a giant crayon spin-art.   You can also use popsicle sticks or skewers to move the wax colors around, or even blow through a straw.

clumsy clumsy 2

from Clumsy Crafter

Have a fantastic, art-filled summer!


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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