Anyone Can Do It: Face Painting

I keep a stash of face painting crayons in the cupboard. You don’t have to be in any way artistic to do face painting on young children.  These drawings took me 3 minutes. The kids wanted to paint my face too and I almost said no.  Then I thought, why not! This entire activity took less than 10 min but opened up hours of role play. I’m learning that if I invest a little time, doing something creative with the kids, it sets up the entire tone of the day.

Here are some of super simple designs I use:

Easy Face painting designs

Even my older girls were happy with my VERY simple creations. 

Christmas Reindeer Face painting

Tip: Make-up remover is ideal for wiping the crayon off.

If you have the correct type of paints and you fancy trying something more complex, I found step by step face painting instructions for these designs.

Easy Face Painting Ideas

L to R: Tiger  Butterfly  Dalmatian  Pirate  Flowers

For more play ideas head over to Childhood101 We Play.

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A Fairy’s Home or a Pirate Trap

Snowman Without the Snow

Paper Dolls

3D City Skyline

The Best Dad For Me

Balloon Fight Fun

Nature Hunt

Op Shop Cubby

A Pile of Straws

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Inhibiting Play

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External Links

Childhood101 We Play

Capturing Creativity by Robert Epstein

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    December 3, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I have some unopened face painting crayons in the cupboard that I had forgotten about – you’ve inspired me to get them out!

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    December 3, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Ahhh! Look at how much fun you’re all having! Love it!

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    December 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

    “I’m learning that if I invest a little time, doing something creative with the kids, it sets up the entire tone of the day.” I agree and would go one step further – you’re setting your kids up to be creative thinkers who look all around them for fun and play rather than narrowly focussing on a tiny screen!

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    Farmers Wifey
    December 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I love the litle flowers they do on the girls arms….my daughters had those done last week at a party..

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    Christie - Childhood 101
    December 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I am thinking that I might have to invest in some face painting crayons 🙂

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    December 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Great ideas! I have a question though: my face paint crayons seemed very hard when I opened them and were quite difficult to draw with on their faces. Any tips for softening them?

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      December 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm

      I had this problem too with some brands of crayons. The crayons have to be oily enough to work. You could try rubbing it between your hands or using warm water with the crayons but in my experience, if you get dud face paining crayons, they are just dud unfortunately… I purchsed the ones I used in the pictures from a discount shop so they weren’t expensive and work well.

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    November 11, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Instead of buying cheap crappy crayons to paint your kids. Why not invest a bit more in a small water activated face paint palette they sell a professional brand at Michael’s called snazaroo or on amazon you can order a kit from Bo Buggles (amazing paints, great prices) . It’s not the best of the best but it’s better than those horrid crayons, it dries so no smearing, it’s skin safe, fda complaint, and all you need is a cup of water and a brush. As a professional face painter I would rather see you use the correct products at home if your just playing around and having some fun!! But do know that yes everyone can facepaint but that doesn’t mean that everyone should some circumstances require a professional!!

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