BIG Outdoor Art Projects for Kids to Get Creative

Encourage kids to get creative with these big outdoor art projects.

"Every child is an artist until he’s told he’s not an artist." -- John Lennon

Creativity is something that is part of the magic of childhood. Even as babies playing in their first finger-paints (or even in their food), kids love to express themselves through the process of creating.

This month our Family Dinner Book Club explores creativity with a wonderful book that shows the power of art and outdoor art projects that will encourage your child to create. And maybe they will remind the child in you that you are an artist too.

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Celebrating Creativity with Family Dinner Book Club

If this is your first month joining our Family Dinner Book Club you are in for a treat. Every month, my co-hosts and I give you everything you need to join together to explore important character traits. You'll get a themed book list and full menu along with activities and service projects for the entire family.

This month's theme is creativity and our featured book is Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isobel Campoy and Theresa Hall with illustrations by Rafael Lopez. 

This is a wonderful story about a young girl who brings joy to her neighborhood one piece of art at a time. Along with her neighbors, she discovers the transformative power of color and art in making our world and our lives more beautiful.

Maybe Something Beautiful is the perfect book for summer to encourage your kids to get outside, be creative, and brighten up their worlds. As part of our Family Dinner Book Club this month, try out one of these awesomely fun BIG outdoor art projects that the whole neighborhood can be part of!

Big Outdoor Art Projects to Try

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All of these projects focus on the process of creating and not the final product, so they are perfect for kids of all ages and abilities. They are big, fun, and sometimes messy, so they are a great choice for a summer outdoor activity.

Paint Bombs (Craftulate)

Outdoor Colored Salt Art (Buggy & Buddy)

Painting with Bubbles (Fun Learning for Kids)

Tricycle Art (Pink Stripey Socks)

Bubble Wrap Body Slam Painting (The Chaos & The Clutter)

Stomping Bubble Wrap Painting (The Soccer Mom Blog)

Paint Rolling on a Slide (Messy Little Monster)

Water Pistol Painting (Messy Little Monster)

Graffiti Art for Kids (Playground Parkbench)

Swatter Mural Art (Playground Parkbench)

Outdoor Sticky Mural (I Can Teach My Child)

More Creative Activities and Service Projects

Want even more creative ideas and service projects inspired by Maybe Something Beautiful? Try one or all of these!

Creativity Activities

  • Create your own mural
  • Invite friends over for a painting party
  • Go to a paint your own pottery studio
  • Take a sketchbook outside and draw
  • Set aside “art time” every day

Service Projects

  • Volunteer to paint a mural at an animal shelter or park
  • Create a piece of art to give to a friend
  • Host an art show and donate your proceeds
  • Help a younger friend or sibling with painting or drawing
Get these lists along with a place to plan your family's creative projects as a free printable by clicking the button below!


Complete Your Family Dinner Book Club Experience

Don't forget to head to Growing Book by Book for books about creativity and dinner conversation starters, then to Chef Sarah Elizabeth for a themed menu and tablescape.

Then share your Family Dinner Book Club pictures with us on Facebook!

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