7 Seriously Creative Art Projects for Kids
With STEM rising in popularity, it may be possible to think that art has fallen to the wayside. Gone are the days of paint-covered fingers, piles of glitter, and pools of glue. They've been replaced with keyboards, screens, and children can maintain their creativity with the click of a mouse.
However, art projects for kids are still incredibly beneficial and important to their growth. But which art projects are best? Read on to find out why art needs to continue to be an integral part of your child's life.
Why Do Art with Your Kids?
In the last decade or so, screens (both traditional computers and tablets) have started playing a large role in the lives of our children. Whether it's video games, YouTube, or other entertainment outlets, children ages 8-11 are spending close to 4 hours a day on a screen.
Breaking the screen cycle is tough, but art can be the remedy! Art touches on the mental, physical, and social aspect of being human. When a child grabs an art tool their fine-motor skills strengthen and improve, and when they experience art with others, their worldview widens.
Art also gives children a safe space to fail and how to learn from their mistakes without heavy consequences. Believe it or not, math is involved in art, too! Measuring, counting, preparing - all of it could be necessary components to creating a masterpiece - even if it's just cut out construction paper glued to more paper!
7 Art Projects to Do with Your Kids
There's no shortage of art projects for kids, but that can make it difficult to sift through and find the best ones. And if you're kids are not really into art that much yet, you don't want to fill the table with art supplies only to be met with a lackluster attitude.
Here are 7 easy art projects to start with ranging difficulty levels. The supplies you will need with each activity will vary, but nothing too extreme!
1. Shaving Foam Art
Shaving cream has a wide variety of uses but shaving foam can be equally as thrilling! Use shaving foam to create beautifully marbled pieces of paper without a load of mess.
This project works for kids of all ages - even adults get a kick out of it!
2. Wooden Spoon Puppets
Finished with those wooden kitchen utensils and don't know what to do with them? Give them to the kids!
Pull out markers, glue, beads, ribbon, stickers - anything you can think of - and start drawing and decorating! Wooden spoon puppets appeal to more younger children, but older elementary kids might enjoy it as well.
3. Hanging Canvas
Instead of taping all your child's masterpieces to the fridge, try this hanging canvas.
Your child will paint on canvas paper and then attach it to a stick, hang, and admire. Three to four-year-olds will love seeing their artwork hanging like a professional.
4. Body Tracing
Build your child's observation skills by asking them to color themselves! Using long paper, ask your child to lay down and trace them. After you've traced them, encourage them to color themselves!
Put those stacks of magazines and newspapers to good use by making a collage. Or if you don't have magazines or newspapers, try other art supplies like paint, markers, beads, string, and so on. Just be sure to choose a theme for your collage and make a connection between things and ideas.
Any age can create a collage!
Ok, so playdough isn't necessarily an art project, but if you incorporate other materials like toothpicks, beads, googly eyes, or anything else you can think of, you can make some very interesting characters! If your child loves it, let it dry out and become permanent.
7. Clothespin Caterpillars
Perfect for the science-loving child! You can't get a more adorable result from just a few pieces.
All you'll need is clothespins, pom-pom balls, glue, and googly eyes. In no time at all, your child will have a fuzzy friend (or more) that holds all their art projects!
Things to Remember When Doing Art Activities
Art should be fun and expressive for kids. Here are a few tips for you, the parent, as you encourage your child in their projects.
Art is messy. It's probably not best to spontaneously decide on an art project, especially if your a parent that's bothered by messes.
Don't interfere! Allow your child to work their creativity within their own framework and to explore the possibilities. Even if they don't follow the directions completely, at a young age, it's more important that the child enjoys the process.
Always be supervising. Kids are quick to put things in their mouths or accidentally cut themselves with scissors.
Be inquisitive. Refrain from generic phrases like, "Great job!" or "I like it!" Ask specific questions about your child's work, such as, "Tell me more about why you used the color yellow." or "What is your favorite part about your work?" These are open-ended questions that spur discussion and engagement with your child.
A supportive attitude is key when a child finishes a project. If the child is young, be content with the creation as it is and avoid making suggestions.
Art projects for kids teach them valuable skills that they might not learn otherwise. And in turn, it could help build natural art skills so your child could go on to love art and create things for others.
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