Seven fun ways to keep kids busy with paint

These creative DIY painting projects are sure to keep kids entertained.

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These creative DIY painting projects are sure to keep kids entertained.

This article first appeared in Habitat, which is produced by Resene.

Make the most of having your kids at home with these creative DIY painting projects that are sure to be entertaining. Their imaginations will run wild as they create everything from pretty driftwood bedroom sets to fearsome paper plate dinosaurs. We’ve rounded up seven awesome ways to keep kids busy with paint (while you’re working from home).

This boho driftwood wall hanging will brighten up any room.

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This boho driftwood wall hanging will brighten up any room.

Bohemian driftwood wall hanging

Perfect for small children to teens, this boho driftwood wall hanging will brighten up any room. It’s a perfect activity that will keep your kids busy with painting while bringing in a bit of the outdoors. If you don’t live near a beach, don’t worry! This project works great with collected sticks and twigs, or even recycled pens and pencils.

DIY here: Bohemian driftwood wall hanging – Kiwi Families

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These adorable fruit and vegetable eggs are easy enough for kids to make with little help from mom or dad.

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These adorable fruit and vegetable eggs are easy enough for kids to make with little help from mom or dad.

Do-it-yourself fruit and vegetable eggs

With just a few eggs and paint, the creative possibilities are endless. These adorable fruit and vegetable eggs are easy enough for kids to make with little help from mom or dad. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to what foods your eggs can become. Try these ideas to turn them into strawberries, avocados, radishes, and peas in a pod. So what are you waiting for? Fall for it!

DIY here: Do-it-yourself Fruit and Vegetable Eggs | Habitat by Resene

Create your own mini-city

This mini town uses Resene FX Blackboard Paint for hours of interactive fun.

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This mini town uses Resene FX Blackboard Paint for hours of interactive fun.

It’s amazing what you can create with a little bit of time and some scraps of wood from the shed. This mini town uses Resene FX Blackboard Paint for hours of interactive fun. This DIY also works well with a range of Resene test pots. Help your little ones build an entire city – try including things like a grocery store, pet store, or a miniature version of your own house.

DIY here: Create your own city on the board | Habitat by Resene

Tote

Birds and ladybugs come to life with a little imagination.

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Birds and ladybugs come to life with a little imagination.

Birds and ladybugs come to life with a little imagination and a few Resene trial pots in this quick and easy DIY for kids.

DIY here: Kids will love this handy craft | Habitat by Resene

Be smart with paper plates

These colorful fish are made from cardboard plates.

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These colorful fish are made from cardboard plates.

Keep swimming and get creative while you’re at it! While we’re all locked in, let your mind wander with this fun DIY that only uses items found around the house. These creative and colorful out of the water fish are made from cardboard plates and inspired by tropical fish. This simple DIY decor is perfect for your child’s bedroom or bathroom.

DIY here: There are oceans of fun to be had with these easy paper plate fish | Habitat by Resene

These dino moth crafts will add a splash of color to your child's room and can also be used as a creative toy.

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These dino moth crafts will add a splash of color to your child’s room and can also be used as a creative toy.

These DIY paper plate dinosaurs are a roaring idea for dinosaur lovers and budding paleontologists. Enter a country before the time – and screens – that lock and get crafty with your favorite Resene paint colors. These dino moth crafts will add a splash of color to your child’s room and can also be used as a creative toy.

DIY here: These Paper Plate Dinosaurs Are Sure To Be A Roaring Hit | Habitat by Resene

Puppet toilet paper

This unicorn puppet uses toilet paper rolls, leftover paint, and an assortment of beads and yarn.

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This unicorn puppet uses toilet paper rolls, leftover paint, and an assortment of beads and yarn.

When someone mentions locking clips, toilet paper rolls certainly come to mind. But what about recycling your empty toilet paper rolls? Here is a magical way to keep the kids busy. This unicorn puppet uses toilet paper rolls, leftover paint, and an assortment of beads and yarn. You can try making other toilet paper puppet animals including dinosaurs and birds.

School desk on site

Make homework fun by transforming their workstation using leftover paint.

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Make homework fun by transforming their workstation using leftover paint.

School during lockdown can be tough, so why not brighten up your child’s day and let them get creative on their desk? Make homework fun by transforming their workstation using leftover paint.

Try using stencils from Resene’s fun collection of children’s stencils here and paint them with bright colors. Or let your child’s creativity soar with freehand painting. If you go for a freehand painted desk, limit their color palette to two or three colors to keep things consistent.

For more free ideas for projects you can do around your home to help keep you occupied, visit habitatbyresene.co.nz/conseils.


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