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Knickknack Art

Knickknack ArtSlowly yet surely, spring is making an appearance! Parents around Missouri are rejoicing that their kids can now play outside. (I know I am!) It’s especially nice to take the fun outdoors when you want to let your kids be creative, but you don’t want your house looking like a disaster zone.

If you want to have some messy fun, try knickknack art. All you need is paint, paper (or, alternatively, foil or parchment paper), and literally anything from around the house to paint with.

Here are some ideas:

  • LEGO
  • Toy cars
  • Combs or brushes
  • Forks
  • K’nex
  • Paper towel rolls
  • lids
  • Junk drawer items (old keys, change, rubber bands)

Have your kids dip these items in paint, and apply them to paper in different ways to create unique and beautiful artwork!



I have an almost-toddler who loves to put everything in her mouth. So, at my house, we use edible finger paint in lieu of store-bought paint. If you have a little one like me or don’t have any paint around the house, try this recipe for edible finger paint.

Finger Paint (edible)


  • ⅓ c. Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 c. water
  • Food coloring
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cups or bowls
  • Saucepan


Add flour and sugar into a saucepan. Mix with water and stir until smooth. Turn the stove to
medium, and stir continually until the mixture thickens. Scoop it into cups or bowls. Mix two drops
of food coloring into each cup and stir until completely dissolved.