A unique art idea for kids. Siblings work together creating the canvas and add their footprints to make a special keepsake and gorgeous piece of kid art!

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Footprint canvas

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I am so excited that I finally get to share this footprint canvas with you!

I love everything about it. It’s definitely kid art at its best!

The kids worked together from start to finish. Yes, a little paint was splattered and sprayed, but hey that’s all part of the fun right?

Like many of our arty ideas, it’s all about the process and in this instance, the emphasis is on the collaboration.

My girls listened to each other as they shared ideas. They played with the colours and experimented with different techniques.

It was a delight to see my six year old embrace her sisters scribbles!

They connected and when it comes to siblings, anything that encourages harmony has to be a good thing!

MATERIALS: Footprint Canvas

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In my experience, children love painting on canvas. There’s always a sense of occasion when a canvas is involved and luckily they can be sourced quite cheaply! Below you will find a list of the materials we used and a link to grab them quickly.

Stretched Canvas (US / UK)

Tempera Paint – My arty kids used neon paint for some extra wow factor! ( US / UK )

Black Paint 

Willing Feet!

Let’s Make It!

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Ideas for Kids - Footprint Canvas

Step 1: 

Using a kid sized table, place it into open space so that all kids can have simultaneous and easy access to the canvas. Movement will help with the creative process as they see their work of art from different perspectives.

Step 2:

Since my children are 6 and 2, my elder daughter was worried about Cakes’ tendency to get over excited with the colour mixing. By presenting colours individually and then all together at the end, both creative needs were met.

Step 3: 

Step back and watch the magic unfold!

Step 4: 

Allow the paint to dry before adding the footprints.

For contrast, we used black paint and I love the effect!

TIP: you will need to help with positioning your kids feet onto the canvas. Apply the paint with a sponge for even coverage and gently press your child’s foot to get a good print! Fill in any gaps with a paintbrush.

And you should now have your very own gorgeous footprint canvas!

If you love this idea, don’t forget to pin it for later and do come back to tell us how you got on!

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