Liquid watercolour galaxy (craft ideas for kids)
An incredibly simple painting activity for kids (especially those interested in space!)
The finished picture makes a great piece of artwork for a child’s bedroom.
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I am always looking for simple painting activities for kids – easy enough for a 3 and (almost) 2 year old to do and this was a hit with both my boys. It’s so easy to create something beautiful with liquid watercolors
– they just blend together easily and the colours are really vibrant.
To make a liquid watercolour galaxy, you will need:
- liquid watercolours (we used blue, pink and purple)
- watercolour paper (you don’t have to use this, but it does give a prettier effect and doesn’t go soggy!)
- sparkly or holographic sticker dots/stars
COST: a few quid
AGE: toddlers & young children
TIME: 10 minutes or less (plus time to dry)
How-to make a liquid watercolour galaxy:
- Take a piece of watercolour paper and paint it with 2 or 3 liquid watercolours. Cover the whole paper, leaving no gaps. You could also use some extra water to help the colours mingle (this was Pickle’s favourite bit).
- Leave the paper to dry completely (nap time is perfect for this)!
- Stick lots of sparkly stars and dots on your paper to make a ‘galaxy’. Chops loved peeling the backing paper off and sticking the stars on top of each other.
Older kids could stick their stars/dots to form constellations.
- You could use this to make a birthday card, or frame it and hang it on the wall!
Are your kids interested in astronomy?
Have you done any space-themed crafts together? Do please share below!
60 thoughts on “Liquid watercolour galaxy (craft ideas for kids)”
What an amazing idea!!!! x
I’m going to have to get brave and buy paint!
Kara – the great thing about watercolour is that it washes off and cleans up REALLY easily!
What a totally brilliant idea. My kids would have loved this when they were little xx
Thank you! 🙂
Ooh that is so pretty, and doesnt cound too complicated either- which is good, as I am hopeless!
It really couldn’t be simpler Sonya – perfect for toddlers (and beginners)! 😉
That looks really impressive- simple, fun and brilliant results.
Thanks Kate – simple is usually best with my little ones!
Great idea, will have to keep this in mind
Ooh looks nice and easy and lots of fun! I don’t craft any where near enough with mine… must change that 🙂
I find with really little ones, it’s far more about the process than the end result. Having said that, Pickle was very proud of his finished picture and it is still in pride of place on the staircase!
Enjoy your crafting 🙂
What a beautiful idea
Thank you! 🙂
These look gorgeous. We will be doing start theme over next few weeks to link with a book I’ve got for a giveaway, so may have a go at this if I can find liquid watercolours!
Thanks Rachel! Oooh – I’m excited to see what you do with them (we got ours from Amazon). They work really well with resist art too (white crayon/masking tape) x
This looks amazing! … and so simple! Love it! My daughter is into arts and crafts! She’s 11!
Yippee! Start ’em young Lucie… 😉
Nice idea! Kitty is obsessed with stars so this is right up her street!
I love stars too – you can’t have too many IMO!
Wow this looks great and something for the younger ones to do 🙂
Thanks Kirsty 🙂
Such a brilliant idea and look so lovely x
Thank you! 🙂
These look great! I have seen such lovely things with liquid water colours they are definitely on my need to buy list at the moment
They are SO easy to use. Definitely my best buy recently!
What a great idea. Clever xx
Thanks Wendy 🙂
We bought a simple palette of watercolours last week as I am itching to do some watercolours. You get such a stunning effect and it is a great motivator for little ones to see what can be achieved with a little effort. Your galaxy is beautiful and something we would definitely try for ourselves x
Totally agree Kirsty! Enjoy your watercolouring x
I have just started to do crafts with my toddler so we will be trying this one. Her Daddy is in to astronomy, he is much cleverer than me!
Aaaw – maybe he could teach her the constellations..?
I love watercolours, so easy to use and they wash out (of clothes) easily. I love the colours you have used, great end result.
You are so right! Thank you 🙂
I’ve never tried watercolours with the children before but this looks fun!
It IS fun Jenny – couldn’t be easier either!
Love this idea – I’m going to Pin it to my school holiday board x x
Thanks Cass 😀
these are really pretty, such a lovely idea!
Thank you 🙂
great idea i love the shades of watercolours used! x
I like the fact that it is fairly quick… our kids get bored sometimes even before they finish the project.
Mine too! That’s toddlers for you I guess… 😉
That’s a lovely ideas and definitely the sort of thing that can go on the wall when finished 🙂
I quite fancy doing a really huge one now actually! 😉
I love water colour painting and those colours look so pretty. This could so easily be adapted to make an underwater picture too! #pintorials
Oh Anthea, you are SO right (future post alert)! 😀
These look great! It can be difficult to find activities to occupy the kids and this is a really fun and simply craft to keep their creative minds flowing, and cheap too!
Thanks Karly! 🙂
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What a beautiful idea! My friend’s just had a baby – this will be perfect for making her a card from my two.
Thanks Nell – I hope they enjoy it as much as mine did! 🙂
This looks so pretty! It’s perfect to hang up on the wall too.
Thank you Tarana – I would love to do a huge one for the boy’s bedroom – great idea!
Love this ideas! So pretty!
Thanks Eileen! x