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20+ Colorful Carnival Art Ideas for Kids

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Whether you are celebrating National Carnival Day or you are just looking for some carnival fun to do right in your own home, these carnival art ideas are perfect!

They are great for kids of all ages that will get you excited about the carnival visiting your hometown, or a fun way to recreate those childhood memories in your own home.

These carnival art projects are perfect for kids who want to do something creative and teach them about the carnival at the same time.

You can even incorporate these activities into any carnival lesson theme or carnival STEM activities to extend the learning!

Over 20 fun carnival art ideas for kids! Cotton candy, roller coasters, and more! So many fun carnival art themes that will inspire a love of art!

Carnival Art Ideas to Bring the Magic of the Carnival Into the Classroom!

Who says art has to represent lofty themes? Plenty of famous artists spent time painting scenes from street fairs, carnivals, and other festivals.

So why not take their cue and make your own carnival art in the classroom or at home?

How to Make Teaching Art Easier

Art is not about a finished project but about inspiring kids to think creatively.

So, when you teach art to kids, it’s important to encourage them to use their own ideas and inspiration rather than just making the same thing in 20 different ways.

When you do carnival art projects, use the activities in this list as inspiration to teach specific art concepts and themes, and don’t worry if the projects don’t turn out Pinterest-perfect!

Art goes well with STEM, because there is not only a lot of math in design and art, but the creativity that art inspires is the same instinct that encourages kids to think outside the box.

That’s why I always like to include some art and design projects in any STEM activities for kids that we do!

Supplies for Carnival Art Activities and STEM Experiments

It can be hard to find the right supplies with a carnival twist! Here are some of the favorite resources I’ve found off of Amazon (hello, free prime shipping!).

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20+ Easy Carnival Art Activities for Kids of All Ages

The carnival has so many fun colors and themes, it’s a fun inspirational theme for art! These carnival art projects are perfect for kids!

rating National Carnival Day or you are just looking for some carnival fun to do right in your own home, these carnival art ideas are perfect!

The carnival can be hot, so why not make a cute paper fan? You’ll see a lot of paper fans at the carnival, and this hedgehog fan craft is a super cute version!

The carnival gets dark at night. Keep the lights on with this glow stick STEM activity!

If you want to learn even more about light and use it in your art, these glow-in-the-dark science experiments are perfect!

Recreate this classic Cotton Candy carnival treat with your kid using puffy paint.

Let your kids recreate their very own carnival Distorted Images in Curved Mirrors.

Make this fun Paper Plate Elephant Puppet out of paper plates!

Your kids will love making their very own pretend play Paper Plate Cotton Candy Cone with this fun craft!

Use this Homemade Spin Art Machine to make your own beautiful carnival creations!

Let your kids make their very own Paper Roller Coaster with this fun craft idea!

This Cotton Candy Playdough looks just like real cotton candy!

Let your kids turn popcorn into a fun craft with this great Fine Motor Popcorn art activity.

Your kids will have a blast with this fun colorful carnival Sand Art activity.

Let your kids make their own fun carnival masks with these cool Paper Plate Carnival Masks!

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