Discover our personal favorite art activities for kids. We have art activities for elementary students as well as many that appeal to preschoolers and a few that older children can enjoy.
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Besides being fun, puzzles are an often overlooked educational tool. I’ve used puzzles to teach my children about the world. I also love using 4D Cityscape Time puzzles in our history lessons, as they allow children to see how historical events shape cities and countries.
I believe in hands on learning wherever possible, in all school subjects. So when I was offered the chance to review three new Dr. Livingston human body jumbo learning puzzles, I said yes. I knew these puzzles would be fantastic for teaching my children about the human body.
Using Puzzles to Teach Children About the Human Body
Hands On Art Activities for Kids
I love art, and so do my four kids! This first activity is from my friend Jean Van’t Hul’s book, The Artful Parent. She asked if I was interested in reviewing it. Of course, I said yes!
It just so happened that when we got the book (last year), 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.
Click to Read Also: 8 Ways to Teach Kids to Draw
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!
More Art Activities for Kids
Art is a fantastic way to build fine motor skills and develop self expression.
10 Days of Hands On Learning Series
Today’s post is Day 7 of the 10 day Hands On Learning series. Click on the image below to follow the entire series.
What are your favorite art activities for kids?
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