Art is a fantastic way to build fine motor skills and develop self expression. This post features a fantastic new art activities for kids resource, as well as some of our personal favorite art activities for kids.
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Our Favorite Art Activities for Kids
I love art, and so do my four kids! We have a bunch of favorite art activities (see below). We are also always on the lookout for new art activities.
This spring I heard that my friend Jean Van’t Hul was releasing a revised and updated version of her book, The Artful Parent. She asked if I was interested in reviewing it. Of course, I said yes!
It just so happened that my daughter Emma was running a preschool camp for a few of the kids she babysits. I knew my kids would enjoy the book, but I thought Emma might find some fun camp activities in there, too.
The book is full of all sorts of fun creative ideas for kids! If you are a parent looking to build an art-filled home, this book is a fantastic place to start! It covers recommended materials, strategies for setting up an art space in your home, and dozens of engaging activities designed to appeal to kids with a broad range of personalities.
Simon Says, Draw!
After flipping through the book for a few days, Emma settled on Simon Says, Draw! for her camp activity.
Each kid got a turn being Simon, telling everyone at the table what to draw. It was a HUGE hit! I loved how well this art activity works with a wide age range of kids and an equally large range of abilities. The kids really enjoyed getting everyone to draw their favorite designs, shapes, and objects. Here are a few examples of a castle, some with a treasure box added.
This activity is designed to take place around a huge sheet of paper like the way we do our free art for groups activity. We happen to have a glass top dining room table, so we combined that with dry erase pens. You could also do this with a large sheet of plexiglass, or a window.
The book has over 60 art activities for kids. “Paint a Cake” is next on our list of activities to try!
What are your favorite art activities for kids?
Polymer Clay for Kids
Fun ways to use polymer clay with kids.
One of our favorite quick and easy art activities - so relaxing!
Free Art for Groups
We used this open ended art activity at all of my kids' toddler birthday parties.
Window Art for Kids!
These are fun to make and display.
Easy Art for Kids: Sticker Mosaic Scenes
This is an art activity you can throw in your bag for waiting rooms and other emergencies.
Symmetry Art for Kids
Art + math is a wonderful combination.
Mess-free Art for Kids, Improved!
Because sometimes you just don't have time to clean up a mess!
Fingerprint Art Fun for Kids
Fingerprint art fascinates children.
Create a Travel Art Kit to Keep Kids Busy on the Road
Art is one of our favorite road trip activities.
No-mess Color Mixing Art
This is a no mess paint activity that even big kids enjoy.
Black Bean Mosaic Art for Kids
Mosaics build fine motor skills and planning skills.
Sensory Play Activity for Children: Sensory Wall Mosaic Art
Create a mosaic on your wall! This is another mess free art activity.
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