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Free online art games that include coloring and drawing can be a great way for children of all ages to indulge their imagination as they explore their creative side. But sometimes it’s just not possible to set up your little inspiring Monet with all the necessary supplies for an arts and crafts session. Luckily, there are a plethora of free online art games available so you can keep your kitchen clean and your kids can (virtually) paint or draw at the same time.
Below, I’ve scoped out some amazing free art-making websites that’ll give you a ton of options when it comes to indoor activities for bored kids and allowing your little ones to be creative. Whether you’re using a computer at home or a mobile device at a restaurant or while waiting at a doctor’s appointment, these free art websites will let kids of all ages make colorful creations. Some of these art websites have more complicated games and pictures, so even Mom and Dad can get in on the fun! Just beware: you may have to fight for your device back to play your own online games!
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1. PBS Kids
The PBS Kids website has a ton of interactive entertainment for the preschool crowd — featuring all of their favorite characters from the network and a range of activities on topics like math, science, engineering, and more. There are nearly 40 games in the art games section alone, so those little creative minds can keep plenty busy making a masterpiece out of leaves and grass with their Nature Cat Art Box, painting along with Peg and Cat, and designing their own storybook with Super Why.
Have an indecisive little one? They won’t feel overwhelmed by the art game selection at KidMons. This website has just three options: a coloring book, selfie stickers, and a free-draw painting game — but plenty of space for creative fun!
3. Kevin Games
Kevin Games is host to a wide array of art, coloring, and drawing games for children ranging from early elementary school to teenagers. From “Mineblox” coloring pages and color-by-number to pixel art and pencil cut, there’s something available for every skill level. Mom and Dad will even enjoy the mandala coloring pages!
Looking for more coloring pages? Check out these free printables!
4. Toy Theater
If your kid loves to doodle but you don’t have crayons and paper with you at a restaurant or doctor’s office, then you need to check out the doodle pad at Toy Theater on a mobile device. With over 30 designs to choose from — from holiday-themed photos and animals to classic Rembrandt and Matisse paintings — your little one (or even you!) will love “coloring” these free pictures.
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Crazy Games offers plenty of options to choose from for children of all ages, like a kaleidoscope coloring game, creative coloring, car painting, car drawing, a Hello Kitty activity book, bonsai tree builder, drawing tattoos, and more.
Your little fashionista will love the makeup games, nail painting, lip art, and cake decorator games from Yiv. The website also offers gender-neutral games, like stencil art, poly art, pixel art, and puzzle art, and a wide selection of educational challenges.
7. National Gallery of Art Kids Art Zone
Budding artists can learn about some of the most iconic pieces in the National Gallery’s collection while creating their own masterpieces thanks to the NGAkids Art Zone app. During their visit to this virtual art museum, children can explore different sections, like portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still life, collage, and action painting, and then save their designs in their own art gallery.
8. Hello Kids
Drawing lessons on the Hello Kids website will have your little artist sketching like a pro in no time! The video tutorials include step-by-step directions on how to draw favorite characters from Barbie, Tinkerbelle, and Minions to cats, cows, snakes, and even facial expressions! If sketching isn’t your kid’s creative jam, Hello Kids also has plenty of coloring pages and craft ideas to keep them occupied!
There are over 100 art games spread out over eight pages at Artsology. Whether you’re looking for sandpainting, art history puzzles, art recognition games, art spinner games, or art matching games, Artsology has you covered! Some of the games work best on a laptop or desktop, so be sure to pay attention to those details if you’re hoping for some on-the-go entertainment for your kids!
10. Abstract Painting
Channel your inner abstract expressionist and drip (digital) paint to your heart’s content as you create your own Jackson Pollock-style painting. The JacksonPollock.org website is actually not affiliated with the American painter but was created by multimedia artist Miltos Manetas. The web page opens to a blank screen where every drag of the mouse tosses a digital dollop and blob on the screen and each click changes colors. Click and hold for bigger strokes and blobs. Behold my own creation above! And the best part? No mess to clean up.
Children can master their fine motor skills using the Bomomo interactive drawing tools to create abstract art. After selecting one of the 20 different buttons at the bottom left corner of the drawing box, kids can easily move the cursor around the canvas to create a colorful, one-of-a-kind abstract drawing. If the finished masterpiece is worthy of a spot on the refrigerator, you can save the image to your computer to print out or use as a background!
12. Color It By Numbers
Paint-by-numbers pieces are great for teaching children coordination, but even watercolors can leave a mess. Ditch the cleanup and let your kids color with the free online coloring pages at Color It By Numbers instead. Each picture is offered at three levels of difficulty — easy, difficult, and numberless — making the coloring pages suitable for kids of all ages as well as adults.