9 kids’ art smocks for creative and messy play

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9 best art smocks for creative kids | Mum's Grapevine

Every parent loves to watch their little artist dive into messy creative play. But scrubbing paint out of clothes? Not so much. That’s why a kids’ art smock is an absolute must for the early years.

Smocks aren’t limited to arts and crafts, though. From gardening on a wet day to tucking into dinner, they come in super handy for protecting clothing and skin whenever kiddos decide to get their mess on.

9 adorable art smocks for creative kids

To help you find the perfect art smock for your creative little critter, we’re compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, here they are:

Designer Bums

Best Kids Art Smock: Designer Bums

Designer Bums Kids’ Art Smock (from $34.95)

With long sleeves, elasticated wrists and a very handy pocket for catching mess, these comfy smocks are going to be on high rotation throughout the toddler years. Sizes range from six months up to six years.

Marmalade Lion

Best Kids Art Smock: Marmalade Lion

Marmalade Lion Art Smocks ($39)

Made with eco-friendly and biodegradable materials, these smocks are waterproof and machine washable. They’re perfect for poppets from three years of age and they come in Marmalade Lion’s signature prints.


Best Kids Art Smock: Gorman

Gorman Kids’ Art Smocks ($49)

Bright and beautiful, these smocks offer exceptional protection against messy creations. They come in three unmissable prints and have a big front pocket for storing treasures and art tools.

Green Sprouts

Green Sprouts Snap and Go Bib Art Smock

Green Sprouts Snap & Go Bib Smock (from $15.99)

These convenient and cleverly designed smocks from Green Sprouts allow you to roll up the mess, snap it together – and go! Each comes with a nifty flip-pocket and offers complete waterproof protection.


Best Art Smock: B.Box

b.box Kids’ Art Smock (from $29.95)

The unique design of these waterproof smocks means that even little legs are covered when kids are sitting down. Each has a front pocket and adjustable neckline and tucks away nicely into its own pouch when the play wraps up.

Penny Scallan

Penny Scallan Art Smock

Penny Scallan Art Smock (from $12.48)

Each of these adorable coverups is made from 100% cotton canvas with a scratchproof and water-resistant coating. They’re a cinch to keep clean, BPA-free and massively cute!


Best Kids Art Smock: Liewood

Liewood Art Smocks (from $42)

A lightweight, cape-style smock with full coverage, a roomy pocket and elasticated wrists. Suitable from birth, they’re made from recycled polyester and safe to pop in the washing machine come clean-up time.

Baby Bare

Best Art Smock: Baby Bare Feeding

Baby Bare Art Smocks ($24.95)

Fairy-wrens, pinecones and even sleigh bells – there’s so much sweetness packed into this range of kids art smocks, we’re having a hard time picking a favourite! Available in two sizes, they have a front pocket and snaps at the back.


Alcmena Kids' Art Smocks

Alcmena Kids’ Art Smocks (from $27.95)

Unlike most other smocks, these cuties come with Velcro tabs as well as snap buttons to help you fit it perfectly to your mini as they grow. We’re also loving that the front pocket can be un-snapped for proper cleaning – hooray!

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9 best art smocks for kids | Mum's Grapevine

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