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Eight fun ways to keep kids busy with paint

25 Aug 2021

Make the most of having your kids at home with these creative DIY paint projects sure to entertain. Their imagination will run wild as they make everything from cute driftwood bedroom décor to fearsome paper plate dinosaurs. We’ve collected some fantastic ways to keep kids busy with paint (while you work from home):

Boho driftwood wall hanging


Ideal for small kids through to teens, this boho driftwood wall hanging will brighten up any room. It’s a perfect activity that will get your kids busy with paint while bringing a bit of the outside in. If you don’t live near a beach – don’t worry! This project works perfectly with collected sticks and twigs, or even upcycled pens and pencils.

See the DIY here: Boho driftwood wall hanging - Kiwi Families

DIY fruit and vege eggs

With just some eggs and paint, the creative possibilities are endless. These adorable fruit and vege eggs are simple enough for kids to make with little help from mum or dad. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to what foods your eggs can become. Try these ideas for turning them into strawberries, avocadoes, radishes and peas in a pod. So what are you waiting for? Get cracking!

See the DIY here: DIY fruit and vege eggs | Habitat by Resene

Create your own mini city

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

See the DIY here: Create your own blackboard city | Habitat by Resene

Tote up

Birds and ladybirds are brought to life with some imagination and a few Resene testpots in this quick and easy kid-friendly DIY.

See the DIY here: Kids will love this hands-on DIY | Habitat by Resene

Get crafty with paper plates

Just keep swimming and get creative while you’re at it! While we’re all cooped up, let your mind wander free with this fun DIY that only uses things found around the house. These creative and colourful fish out of water are made from paper plates and inspired by tropical fish. This simple DIY décor is perfect for your kid’s bedroom or bathroom.

See the DIY here 


These DIY paper plate dinosaurs are a roar-some idea for dino lovers and budding palaeontologists. Enter a land before time – and screens –  this lockdown and get crafty with your favourite Resene paint colours. These dino-mite DIYs will add a pop of colour to your kid’s room and can also double as a creative toy.

See the DIY here 

Toilet roll marionette

When someone mentions lockdown staples, toilet rolls definitely come to mind. But what about recycling your empty toilet rolls? Here’s a magical way to keep the kids busy. This unicorn marionette uses toilet rolls, leftover paint and an assortment of beads and wool. You can try creating other toilet roll marionette animals, including dinosaurs and birds.

DIY here: Toilet Roll Unicorn Marionette - Kiwi Families

Spot on school desk

School during lockdown can be hard, so why not brighten your child’s day and let them get creative on their school desk? Make homework fun by transforming their workstation using leftover paints. Try using stencils from Resene’s fun collection of kids stencils here and painting them with vibrant colours. Or, let your kid’s creativity soar with freehand painting. If you’re opting for a freehand painted desk, limit their colour palette to two to three colours to keep things looking cohesive. 

DIY here: Colourful, creative ideas for the school holidays | Habitat by Resene

Published: 25 Aug 2021