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Fun Art Project with Kids: Wild Horses

Paint a herd of wild horses for your wall, your baby’s nursery, or for greeting cards. Here’s a fun art activity to do on your own or with kids. It takes an hour or two and the results are stunning. This article includes suggestions for ways to adapt the activity to younger children, although it works best with kids aged 6 and older. We also have a list of ideas on different ways to use and mount the horse herd. Have fun with this one! N-a-a-a-ay!

Herd of Painted Horses

It’s Wednesday, the day Ema comes to assist me at 1+1=1 Gallery. Well, today was early release day from school, so I spent the afternoon with not one — but two — of my favorite young ladies, Ema and Adia. They are always up for an art project after we have our snack and catch up with each other: what’s new in school, what was the most fun you had so far today, what do you think about gardening together this summer, blah blah blah.

Today we made a small herd of wild horses patterned after Ann Wood’s beautiful stampede of horses. She provides a downloadable template for the horses, and a great tutorial so I’m not going to duplicate her wonderful instructions here. This awesome project took us about an hour and a half, including set-up and clean-up.

The horses are pretty easy, but not something I’d recommend for toddlers or really little ones (see adaptation ideas in list below.)

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Painted Wild Horse

Herd of Painted Wild Horses

Ideas to Adapt this activity for younger children:

  • pre-cut the shapes and have the children paint them. Then an older child or adult may assemble the horses
  • use scrapbook papers that are already decorated. Cut the shapes and let children glue the legs on instead of having them be articulated legs
  • use bendable brads instead of buttons and wire
  • Cut the shapes out of colorful card stock and have younger children brush glue on and sprinkle glitter

Ways to use/display the horses:

  • mount with tacky glue, double-sided tape or sticky-mounting-squares onto a foam core or poster board. 
  • display directly on a wall using mounting putty.
  • the horses don’t all have to be facing the same way.
  • arrange the horses on whatever background you are using, so they look energetic and dynamic
  • make a mobile of horses using fishing line to hang them.
  • use one horse, mounted with re-positionable double sticky tape, to make a greeting card. The receiver of the card can take the horse off to play with.

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Here are a few more photos of what the girls and I made today:

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