Make BIG Art with a cardboard canvas! Easy, affordable, and engaging for the kids!
We took advantage of some recent gorgeous weather to paint outdoors. I gave each kid a sheet of cardboard, and they spent a lot of time painting. Emma knew immediately that she wanted to make some roads, and she stayed focused on that theme throughout the project.
Lily painted her hands and feet – but, impressively, not her face or mouth!
Johnny moved on to all sorts of different canvases.
And each child had a finished work of art to bring proudly inside. Emma’s is still getting use as a play mat – this morning she and Johnny had their little plastic animals (see where she wrote “zoo” on her painting?), as well as blocks for houses and little cars driving on the roads. I was too busy watching them play to get a picture. =)
What are your favorite ways for kids to learn and explore art?
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
11 thoughts on “Art for Kids: Cardboard Canvas”
Love using recyled materials to paint with, I have also seen people use cardboard show box lids in same way as you would a canvas. Thanks so much for adding this to the outdoor play link up this week.
Cardboard is such a great art material and I love that it is eco friendly and FREE! If you don’t mind, could you share this at our Outdoor Play Party. Thanks!
Of course! I’ll go link up :)
Oh my, you have been having a lot of fun with your baking, science experiments and al fresco painting.
It cracked me up when you said that Johnny moved on to different canvases. I laughed because I imagine my little boy having a ball and doing the same thing. I love the picture of Lily with her painted leg and feet – very cute. How wonderful for Emma to be able to use her creation and share the fun with her brother (and maybe with Lily too).
Now that it is Spring here I will have to make sure we also get outside and paint. There are so many sources of inspiration outside and a change of scenery is always enjoyable.
Great idea! And Hooray for anything that keeps three kids occupied at once. :)
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I LOVE Johnny’s canvases:-). Lily’s feet and legs are absolutely adorable!
Super that they are enjoying this after their painting it. This is a wonderful idea, very fun!!
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Your husband is a saint :) I love the picture of Lily’s feet – what a great memory. They all did great.
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@ Natalie – yes he is :)
That first photo is so precious: three very young artists simultaneously at work!
So cool that Emma’s art is also functional, Lily’s is wearable, and Johnny’s is ornamental.
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How’d your husband react to the “creative canvas?” Mine would have been freaking out.
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@Elisa – Thank you! Johnny is extremely proud of his ornamental art – wonder how he’ll react when the rain washes it all away?
@Ticia – He was surprisingly mellow. Our grill is just a $50 charcoal one, though, it’s three years old, and the paint is the washable kind =)
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