7 More Easy and Fun Art projects for Kids aged 7+

In my previous post 7 Easy and Fun Art Projects for Kids Aged 7+ I show how you can easily create different projects with your kids using a variety of media including oil pastels, chalk pastels, water colour, charcoal, poster paints, acrylic paints and fine liner or permanent marker.

In this post we include collage using tissue paper and magazine images as well as creating abstract textures. Combining different elements is such fun, and the results always surprise and delight because they are unexpected and different every time.

Here are 7 more art projects that don’t require huge expense and, as long as you cover up the table and your kids, you shouldn’t need to spend a huge amount of time cleaning up afterwards either.

These projects have been tried and tested on a range of children aged from 7 to 13 on my summer art camps.

1. Bold Old Owl

illustration of an owl with black marker pen nd tissue paper
Bold Old Owl

Mixed media | Collage | Illustration

This lovely big bold bird is built in stages and with great patience! You will notice that the claws are drawn over coloured patches of paper – the image and the paper don’t need to be exactly the same shape, in fact it makes it more interesting if they are not! Likewise some of the feathers overlap the edges of the brown shapes an make the owl seem more fluffy.

This works well because of the beautiful detailing in the feathers and the uniform sizing of the scallop shapes.

You will need:

  • A3 paper (I used an A3 sketch pad and tore out individual pages)
  • Brightly coloured paper – I used thick tissue paper with a slight gloss finish.
  • Paper glue
  • A black permanent marker or felt tip pen

Method:

Draw a basic outline of an owl on your page consisting of two circles, one smaller one for the head and larger one for the body, and two narrow ovals for the wings. Tear rough shapes to match from coloured tissue paper nd stick them on the page over the drawn shapes.

Roughly tear shapes for the feet and stick in place below the body.

Once the glue has dried, use a black permanent marker or felt tip pen to draw in all the features. Because this part is very repetative, some young kids may loose interest before they complete all the feathers but the results are so worth while if they do.

2. Complete the Scene

  • pencil and magazine photo collage

Mixed media | Collage | Illustration | Story telling

This is an exercise I remember and loved doing during my own school years because I love to draw and we were encouraged to use our imaginations to create a world of our own. It requires some preparation from an adult before hand in selecting and cutting out images. You will need to find a selection of black and white photographs of scenery from magazines or newspapers and cut them out.

You will need:

  • A3 paper
  • Black and white magazine or newspaper images of landscapes or people interacting with their background
  • Glue
  • Pencil, charcoal, black coloured pencil

Allow the child to select two images and chat a bit about what he or she sees in the images and how they could possibly relate to each other. Try and arrange them so that when they are stuck down they make sense in terms of proportion and position, unless the final image is intended to be a nonsense image.

Using the chosen drawing untensil, allow him or her to draw in the rest of the scene. Older kids will be able to spend more time building up detail in this project. Encourage them to extend the cut-out images with as much shading and detail as possible.

3. Crazy Collage Heads

Collage | Mixed Media | Caricature

This project can be hilarious – the kids loved the results and this I one I will definitely be repeating in future classes. It also requires some adult preparation before the time, although you could get the kids to help. However, the neater you can cut around the edges of the individual facial features, the more effective the final images will be.

You will need to scour a large supply of coloured magazines for images of faces as well as an assortment of back grounds that have been cut into squares measuring no smaller than 12cm x 12cm and no bigger than 15cm x 15cm. Cut out features from faces and store them in separate envelopes marked ‘eyes’, ‘noses’, ‘mouths’, ‘ears’, ‘hair’ and ‘bodies’.

When cutting out bodies, cut them off with a straight edge somewhere around the elbows.

We placed the images on a white page to create a border reminiscent of a Polaroid photo.

You will need:

  • A4 white paper
  • Plain paper coloured in neutral tones for the face
  • Pre cut facial features and bodies
  • An assortment of background images
  • Paper glue

Method:

Stick the back ground image onto the A4 page. Make sure the page is upright (portrait) and the image is slightly above the centre of the page to create a bigger white border along the bottom edge.

Now cut a shape out of the neutral paper for the head and stick on to the background, it could be an oval but squares and rectangles also create interesting head shapes.

Allow the child to choose and stick on facial features and a body for the head – mixing features is encouraged and creates the funniest results!

4. Time for Cake

Layer Cake

Collage | Mixed Media | Illustration

This is a very simple and visually appealing project. The trick is to use bright coloured paper and to use a maximum of four different colours that repeat throughout the image for continuity.

You will need:

  • Brightly coloured paper – I used thick tissue paper with a slight gloss finish.
  • Paper glue
  • A black permanent marker or felt tip pen

Method:

Cut out increasingly smaller sized rectangular shapes from the coloured paper. Cut a dome shape for the top layer. Stick each shape into place.

Once the glue has dried, draw details on top using the black marker or pen.

5. Colourful Elephants

Colourful Elephants

Collage | Mixed Media | Illustration

This project is similar to the previous one in that it consists of drawing details on top of brightly coloured shapes.

The beauty is in the details and the simplicity of the central elephant forms. Depending on the age of the children, they may need help drawing and cutting out the elephant shapes.

You will need:

  • Five A4 sheets of brightly coloured paper
  • Paper glue
  • A black fineliner

Method:

Select one coloured sheet of paper as the background.

Draw and cut out two elephant shapes – one large and one small – from two of theother coloured paper sheets. Stick each shape into place. Cut out leaf and flower shapes and stick them around the back ground.

Once the glue has dried, draw details on top using the pen. Allowing some of the details to run to the edeg of the page creates extra interest.

6. Escaped Parrots!

finger painted parrots and penned cages
Escaped Parrots!

Painting| Illustration

This picture is created with paintbrushes, fineliner and fingers – which works brilliantly for kids who love to get their fingers dirty!

The top half of each bird is painted with a brush and the wings and feathers are painted by smudging fingers through the paint.

You will need:

  • A3 paper
  • Acrylic or poster paints
  • Black fineliner

Method:

Start by painting the heads of the parrots in a bright colour. These are simple circle forms. With the same colour as each head, paint an oval for the parrots’ bodies. Now, using fingers, dip and smear several colours of paint to create flapping wings and long tails.

When the paint has dried, add a white patch on each face and a black beak with a small brush.

Allow the paint to dry again and finish the picture with a fineliner by adding in details such as eyes, feet and legs and cages.

7. Textured Squiggle Paper

  • soap and painted layers

Mixed Media | Expressionism | Acrylics

This project is quite unlike any of the previous ones in that it is totally abstract. I love how these have turned out, each one is completely unique and the final results are always an exciting surprise.

This exercise allows children to be as free as they like, there are no ‘rules’ about what looks good and what doesn’t. They are encouraged to explore working with the medium itself.

You will need:

  • Thick A4 paper – a glossy finish on the paper creates better results
  • Acrylic paint in three of four different colours – experiment with metalic colours and sheens
  • Washing up liquid
  • A credit-card sized piece of hard plastic
  • A spray bottle filled with water and a small amount of washing up liquid in solution
  • Paper towel

Method:

Squeeze two different colours of paint onto the page in a few random squiggle shapes. Don’t add too much paint at this stage as you can’t easily remove it whereas you can easliy add more if you need to.

Using the plastic card, scrape the paint around tha paper with short strokes, spreading the paint all over the page.

Squirt on a few more squiggles on top of the first layer of paint with two new colours. Scrape these around the page in the same way as the previous layer.

While the second layer is stil wet, spray it lightly with your water and washing-up liquid solution.

Gently dab the water droplets dry so that the underneath colours are allowed to shine through.

Some of these projects have been adapted from this brilliant Usborne book:

365 Things to Make and Do (Usborne Activities)  (Please note this is an affilate link, if you decide to make a purchase I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you).

Looking for more? Here’s a link to my previous post where I talk about how we made these lovely art works:

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