Doing art at home is not just a fun activity for rainy days. It helps develop fine motor skills, improve neural development, and build self-expression. Here are some ideas and art lessons to get you started!
Set up an art corner in your home.
Any nook will do. It could be a utility table or kid-sized desk. Ideally, it should be a permanent fixture, one you don’t have to set up and take down repeatedly.
Have a variety of supplies on hand for whatever ideas come to mind. Some things to include: string, paint, cardboard, craft paper, brushes, markers, sponges, glue, popsicle sticks, kid-appropriate scissors, fabric scraps, and glitter (if you dare!).
Let nature be your playground. Collect found objects like pinecones, leaves, rocks, and acorns.
Repurpose clear plastic containers, milk cartons and old shoe boxes. They make great containers for art supplies or can be used in diorama projects.
Get started with these great ideas for at-home art projects and DIY art supplies!
How to Make Homemade Water Colors for Kids
Instructions found at Happy Hooligans Homemade Water Colors
Color My Monday Art Lessons
When virtual learning started last March, Molly Feudale created a YouTube channel for her students called Color My Monday. All of the projects require minimal supplies so kids can try them at home!
Easy art ideas that are guaranteed to turn out beautiful
Ideas found at It’s Always Autumn
Directions for Homemade Kids Paint
Directions found at Happy Money Saver
Make DIY Paintbrushes
Instructions found at Babble Dabble Do
36 Elemtary Art Lessons for Kids
Art Lessons found at Happiness is Homemade
For step-by-step art instructions, check out these wonderful video tutorials:
Winter Scene by Mix it up Art
Alma Thomas Paper Collage by Courtney Rock
Monet Art Finger Painting by The Crafty Classroom
Preserve your child’s art!
Your kid’s art is so special, you want to keep it all! But, if it’s starting to take over your living space, consider organizing it into bins or art portfolios. Keep special pieces on display. Take photos of each masterpiece to create a digital album.
Preserve your child’s art on keepsakes you can display and gift! You can upload art and order keepsakes online from companies like SilverGraphics Art. Enjoy your child’s art on a coffee mug, garden flag, ornament, ceramic tile, canvas tote, and much more!
Have fun making art!