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?
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