My family was so excited for our upcoming vacation to the Dordogne river valley region of France. One of the main attractions there are caves with prehistoric drawings, including the famous one at Lascaux cave. To make our trip more educational and memorable we did this fun and easy cave painting for kids activity. My boys, ages 6, 3, and 1, love it!
Cave Painting for Kids
What You’ll Need:
- Large cardboard box
- Finger paints (or washable tempera paints)
- Brown blankets or towels – to be like the caveman’s animal hides and truly get into the spirit!
First I watched this video with my children (ages 5, 3, and 1) about the caves in Lascaux. We then had an interesting discussion about how old art is, what art is used for (religious purposes, describing a hunt, teaching, to express emotions, for fun, etc.)
Then I had them take off their shirts and we ties the brown blankets around them to be animal furs/hides. The educational video had just explained to us that the cave paintings were probably done by nomadic people who did NOT actually live in caves or wear only furs tied over one shoulder and carry a cub like the cartoon cavemen. Instead they probably wore a full outfit of animals hide clothing and used tools like arrows and spears. But, seeing as we don’t actually own a full outfit made from animal hide, the stereotypical caveman fur over one shoulder outfit would have to do!
Next I gave them markers and encouraged them to draw pictures of animals. My 5 year old impressed me with his different animals drawings.
Then I gave my boys finger-paints to paint in the animals, or just decorate the cave however they like. This is when the cave drawing got really messy and fun!
Overall, my children loved this activity and it was a great way to get them excited for our trip to Dordogne and learn about prehistoric art we would see at caves like Lascaux.
Here’s a great book about Lascaux cave. Works perfectly with a cave painting for kids activity.
Keep us crafting and traveling by buying the book through this Amazon link. It won’t cost you anything, but will help us out.
Other crafts from Jo-Jacks you might enjoy!