BIG Art - 15+ Ideas for BIG Art Projects

I've always been a fan of BIG art for children.  What is BIG art?  Well I think for it to qualify as BIG art it has to be fun, is usually collaborative, large scale (big obviously) and gets kids moving while making. It's often great for mixed age groups working together with the emphasis on the process rather than the eventual product but I've written about that before.

We've tried many different BIG art projects over the past few years so I thought I'd share a few ideas here.



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Big pieces of cardboard have provided a cheap canvas for many activities like this giant collage we did for playgroup one day.


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I had roughly rolled a background onto a salvaged fridge box then setup a table with different bit and pieces for the children to choose from along with some glue and textas.

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We used this big piece of white cardboard for some splat painting ala Mister Maker another day.  


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Another box became a big collaborative marble painting one day while this one became a long wall for some experimenting with different rollers.

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You can already see that creating big art with your children doesn't have to be hard.  It can be as simple as just taking what you do outside like we did with this roll of paper from IKEA one day.


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Or just changing the position of your canvas and upsizing it can invite play.

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Or by changing the canvas you're using works too.  We did some finger painting on one of our house windows one day and then the kids were equally busy washing it off the next.

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Or maybe you're lucky enough to have a big carport like us - perfect for some big body art.

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Or for some pendulum painting with water.

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Or perhaps some messy balloon painting.

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A bit of lawn is also perfect for many BIG art activities like messy feet painting.

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Or to catch the drips from some spray painting.

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Or some squishy hand painting instead maybe.

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Drip art has always proved popular with my children and can easily be done on a larger scale.  Great for improving fine motor strength too.

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Painting circles also worked well as a collaborative project at preschool.  A length of fabric was used to cover a tabletop for children to paint on.

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Looking for some more ideas?  

What about some more body tracing from Creative Play Central?


Or some patchwork art from Lessons Learnt Journal



Or try some giant roller painting like Getting Messy with Ms Jessi


Or some big foil painting from NurtureStore?


Or try a different medium like Two-daloo did with this rainbow painting


Make it super sensory like An Everyday Story


Break out some textas like Lessons Learnt Journal


Or look around the house for other utensils to paint with like Learn with Play at Home


Or head outside with some of those utensils to do some printing like Mummy Musings and Mayhem

Find some mud to paint with like My Little Bookcase


Or do some rock painting from Creative Play Central?



Monopolize a slide to do some drawing like Tinkerlab


Or trace some chalk lines like Hands on as we grow


Have you tried any others?  What's been your favourite so far? Leave a comment - I love reading them.

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20 comments

  1. So many awesome ideas - and most of these materials we already have! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Kate. Yes, many of us have these things already making them easier to do when we just need to have some fun. Some of these pics are quite old, maybe 8-9 years, but it was so nice to look back at moments like these spent together.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Katie :)

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  3. I love the picture of the splat painting. Can you explain what you did. It looks like there were a few different tools for squashing the sponges. I cant wait to do something along these lines with my class.
    Currently we are working on a large piece of corrugated cardboard - each week we set out new colours and the layers are building up. We peg it to the fence for the children to access during outdoor play.

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    1. That sounds like a wonderfully collaborative project Ronnie!
      For the splat painting we just rounded up some tools from the kitchen and from our sandpit, cut some kitchen sponges into smaller pieces, watered down some acrylic paints then dipped the sponges in them before placing them on the cardboard to splat. Towards then end, the kids did away with those and then just poured the remaining paint onto the cardboard. Was lots of fun and not even the messiest thing we've done ;)

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  4. so many cool ideas! I am adding a few new ones to our list for when the weather improves and we can get outside for some more space!

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    1. We're looking forward to some warmer weather too Kate! Hurry up spring!

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  5. Such a fun range of activities!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Be A Fun Mum :)

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  6. Wow! So many BIG activities. Which one should we do? I need to do a BIG activity with my three girls!

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    1. Plenty of choices Penny! I have three girls too! Feel free to share some photos to my FB page, I'd love to see what you get up too

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  7. Terrific collection of ideas. I LOVE the big collage! So much fun. Thanks for sharing with the Love to Learn Linky! Best, Sue

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  8. I love the pictures! So much fun!

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    1. Thanks Laura :) Yes, loads of fun - hard to pick a favourite although the water pendulum made for the easiest cleanup!

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  9. Wow, this is really a wonderful post. There are several ideas we are going to try including my fav-pendulum painting.

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    1. Thanks very much Brain Power Boy. The pendulum painting was certainly one of my favourites.

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  10. Fantastic ideas for letting your childs creative juices flow!! Thanks for sharing at our FB share day!

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