Creative Lines: Exploring Line Art for Kids

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Step into the world of art where lines take center stage and imagination knows no bounds! Here we’re diving into the fascinating realm of line art for kids. Using the simple yet impactful combination of lines and watercolor paint, we’ll explore how lines can create intricate designs, define shapes, and transform into stunning artworks. Get ready to unlock your child’s creativity and embark on a journey of lines, colors, and endless possibilities.



Before we begin, gather these materials for your Line Art project:

  • Watercolor paper or thick paper suitable for watercolors
  • Fine-tipped black Sharpie or permanent marker or oil pastels
  • Watercolor paints and brushes
  • Water and paper towels for cleaning brushes
  • Palette for mixing colors

Exploring Line Art

Line art is all about using lines to create visually captivating images. The process involves using a single continuous line or a series of lines to define shapes, add details, and build patterns. With the combination of a black Sharpie and watercolors, kids can experience the magic of transforming lines into intricate designs.

Creating Line Art

  1. Sketch the Design (optional):
    Begin by lightly sketching your chosen design on the watercolor paper using a pencil. This will serve as a guide for your line art.
  2. Trace with Sharpie:
    Using a fine-tipped black Sharpie or permanent marker or oil pastels, trace over the pencil lines to create bold and defined outlines. As you trace, let your imagination flow, and feel free to embellish, add curves, or experiment with different line patterns.
  1. Watercolor Magic:
    Once your Sharpie or oil pastel lines are complete and dry, it’s time to introduce color. Watercolor paints are perfect for this step. Choose your colors and apply the watercolors within the lines. Watch as the colors spread and blend, adding depth and vibrancy to your artwork.
  1. Embrace Experimentation:
    Line art offers a wonderful platform for experimentation. Kids can experiment with different line thicknesses, patterns, and color combinations to create unique and captivating pieces.

The Magic of Line Art

Line art encourages kids to focus on shapes, patterns, and precision. It’s a fantastic exercise for improvig fine motor skills and attention to detail. Additionally, the combination of bold lines with delicate watercolors adds an element of contrast and visual interest that makes each artwork truly captivating.

Exploring Creativity

Encourage your child to experiment with various designs and motifs, from animals and nature to abstract patterns. Line art provides endless opportunities for creativity, allowing kids to express themselves while exploring the magic of art.

Line art offers a creative journey where lines transform into captivating images, igniting imagination and artistic exploration. Through the combination of a simple black Sharpie or oil pastels and the vibrant hues of watercolors, kids can experience the joy of turning lines into works of art that tell stories and evoke emotions. As they trace, color, and create, they’re not only mastering artistic techniques but also fostering patience, precision, and creative thinking. So, set up your art space, grab your markers and paints, and let the lines guide you on an adventure of creativity that’s as intricate as it is inspiring. Get ready to embark on a journey of expressive lines and colorful imagination!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is lo.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles tha. t show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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