Kwik Stix Summer Crafts for Kids of All Ages

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I have three kids, and they are all four years apart. My oldest and youngest have an 8-year age gap. Trying to find activities that everybody enjoys is a headache at best. One thing we all always love to do (myself included) are arts and crafts. Any kind of arts and crafts. If there is paint, glue, tape, canvas, stickers, paper, scissors, or anything else remotely creative involved, we are all over it.  I have a ton of acrylic paints (two tackle boxes FULL, to be exact). We love the color and texture, but I hate the mess. Paintbrushes frequently get completely ruined from paint not properly rinsed. More of my drinking glasses have acrylic paint stains than not. Enter Kwik Stix by The Pencil Grip, Inc.

Kwik Stix are tempera paints, which means they are richly pigmented and dry quickly. But they are almost completely mess-free! They are slightly larger than a glue stick, and are used almost exactly the same way. The difference is, they “paint” onto your desired surface very smooth and dry in roughly 90 seconds. No need to take a hair dryer to your project or let it dry overnight before completion! 

This summer, we are all about finding fun, creative uses for Kwik Stix. Here are a few of our absolute favorite projects for those days like today when it’s face-meltingly hot outside OR too rainy or tornado-y to head outdoors. 

Kwik Stix Window Painting 

I have spent years (and years and even more years) telling my kids NOT to write or color or paint on things that are fixtures of the house. No writing on walls. No coloring on doors. No painting the light fixtures. That sort of thing. But now I’m letting them have at the windows with Kwik Stix Tempera Paints. You can go about it a couple of different ways. We did just about every window in our house. For some, I used some blue painter’s tape to create designs and straight edges on the window pane. Then I painted with my Kwik Stix and removed the tape. It created some cool designs with clean edges and looks amazing. You can also simply freehand paint whatever you want. Something to keep in mind is that it goes on pretty pale, but you can build color up by adding a couple of coats. Either way, the effect is pretty cool and the windows look like stained glass when they’re done! My absolute favorite part of this is that it cleans off the glass in a snap. 

Pet Rocks

My youngest is notorious for picking up rocks she thinks are interesting shapes or textures. We must have a dozen of them in a pile on our front porch. Her rock collection came in handy for more than just a pile outside the door, though and decided to turn them into a summer craft project with Kwik Stix. We used smoother, more medium-sized rocks (at least 3-4″ in size) for our pet rocks. Then we painted them to look like a ladybug, a grasshopper, a dog, a cat, and a random purple-looking blob. We used some googly-eyes and pipe cleaners to add some extra details, and a bit of construction paper for some whiskers for the kitty. Now, instead of a pile of random rocks outside our front door, we have a lineup of pet rocks on display on the end table in our living room. As long as nobody picks one up to throw at somebody, we’re aces.

Framed Art

What I love about this project is that it gives kids two different mediums to paint on. They can see the difference in materials very clearly when they create a picture frame and their own piece of art in the center. We use standard-issue wood sticks and have the kids paint them however they want. The Kwik Stix tempera paints make the wood sticks super bright and it paints on smooth in one coat. We glue them together to make the frame and then using paper (you could also use a small canvas for this, but we had paper on hand), paint whatever you want to your heart’s content. Glue your artwork to the back of the frame so your work shows through the front. I used some cut pieces of ribbon tied to the ends of the wood at the top of the frame to create a rustic-looking hanger. They came out super cute, and all three kids have hung up their original framed artwork in their rooms.

Paint by Number

This one takes a bit more patience and time, but the end result is a lot of fun and kids stay busy. I will either draw or print off a picture for the kids to paint. I will then divide it up into sections and create a key for our own DIY paint by numbers. The Kwik Stix make easy, mess-free work for the younger kids and when they are finished, they have a painting they love showing off! 

The Writing Claw Pencil Grip

OK so this isn’t a craft or summer project, but this is something I just have to throw in there. Also made by The Pencil Grip,Inc., the Pencil Grip Writing Claw teaches kids to properly hold a pencil or crayon (or in this case, Kwik Stix tempera paints). My daughter has struggled with her pencil grip for years. The Claw Writing Grip stretches to fit on all pencils and utensils. The design is perfect for correcting thumb-wrap and fist-grips. What’s more, my daughter is using it without realizing she is practicing proper grip. 

There are two things that generally take up more of my time in the summer than anything else–trying to keep the kids fed (I swear, they are bottomless pits), and keeping them busy. I don’t feel the need to fill every single second of their day with activities. However, I do like to have some ideas and supplies on-hand to redirect them when they’re getting super whiny or super destructive. And when I’m trying to do something with all three of them, arts and crafts are always a hit. Kwik Stix are the perfect way to add to our creativity without the mess of traditional paints. And since they don’t dry out or spill, they won’t need to be tossed before they are used up! You can buy Kwik Stix Tempera paints at Walgreens and Michaels and online at Target and Amazon.

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I loved having an arts and crafts room for my kids and they loved paints the most. Yes, I have a 4year gap between oldest and youngest, but funny they are the closest out of the 3. My oldest loves helping my youngest. I will have to look into that pencil grip as it would help out so much in my family.

Casey
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Wow, this post really inspired me to get all of the items above for my kids. One particular I feel we will have so much fun is the Kwik Stix Window Painting. I’m 100% sure they will love these but hope they won’t apply the same onto my walls…. LOL.

Sarah Bailey
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Now these sound like some amazing colour stix! I am amazed they seem to colour so many different materials! That is great.

Tara Pittman
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I love how you painted your windows. That is one cool coloring item.

Evelyn Hernandez
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My son loves to draw, but lately its getting harder to get him off the computer.

Kim Glad
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Love all of the creative projects. My daughters would have so much fun painting our windows like you did!

makeetz
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Although I don’t have kids yet this was pretty informative. I particularly thought that the The Writing Claw Pencil Grip was interesting since I’ve never seen or used this before.

Annie Cho
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Kwik Stix sounds so good! Love that it dries so quickly, so you never make any mess!
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Amber Brault
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Amber Brault

Fun activities! I was looking for a few new ideas to keep the kids entertained before school starts

Princess Quinn
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Princess Quinn

This is perfect for my kids. They love to paint and draw. They would love to use this mess free coloring tools.

Monidipa
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This sounds like perfect for people with kids. All of these are really fun. Those window panes are quite attractive. Would look good in any home. Amazing tips.

vaishali
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Great ideas. I love the idea of pencil grip writing claw. Never knew such a thing existed. I’ll have to get it for my 4 yo

Kiwi
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Kiwi

I would of had a field day with the kwik sticks. Looks so much fun and kids could go wild with their imagination.

Heather
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These are all so fun! My kids love arts and crafts. Mostly markers and paint!

lavandamichelle
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What a cool post! My kids would love this. My middle child is super crafty. I don’t even know where she get these ideas from, she’s very creative. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Ladonna Batiste
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You introduced some great products from Kwik Stix. I love them all. The window painting is so amazing and beautiful and I love that it washes off so easy.

Suzanne
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Are these water-proof or washable? I think these stix are perf for any type of arts & crafts project.

Wanda Lopez
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For years we had a spare room become the kids playroom. It has grown with them. We’ve changed the setting, decor and functionality of that room more times than I care to admit, but I have to say that it’s been the best thing to have. Entertaining kids; specially during the summer time is not an easy task.