Growing up, my favorite subject in school was art. I drew all the time, mostly horses. I dabbled in calligraphy, drawing, and oil painting in high school. I was so excited to take a few classes at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia during my high school years, and learn how to draw better. When I worked at the University of Pennsylvania, I took advantage of the free tuition for staff by taking photography and art history classes.
As a mom, my creative outlet these days is crafting and taking photographs. I encourage my kids in their artistic endeavors as much as I can. My boys draw tanks and planes from time to time. It’s my 7 year old daughter who appears to be following in my artistic foot steps. She’s covered her bedroom wall with pictures – pictures of horses, pictures of houses, pictures of people. She loves to draw, and she likes to take pictures, too.
I pulled together this Arts and Crafts Holiday Gift Guide with my 7 year old daughter in mind. Since we don’t have time in our family of 7’s schedule for more than one activity per kid, I’ll be giving my daughter art supplies for Christmas. We have room in our basement to set up a small art area for her. We already have a permanent art gallery on the walls of the basement stairs.
For kids, art is about process, being able to experiment with different mediums. Being able to experience texture through their hands. Not only is finger paint good for little hands, it’s also fun for bigger kids who still like to play with their food.
Made in the USA, the Eco Kids Natural finger paint is made with non toxic, natural ingredients. The Finger paint paper is coated on both sides in case you want to use both sides to be green.
Encourage your kids to paint like Jackson Pollack. He laid out his enormous canvases on the floor, and played with the paint. Big brushes help encourage big gestures. Just lay out lots of plastic underneath to protect your floor. These brushes clean easily with warm water and soap and come ackaged in a handy storage pouch.
If you’re uncomfortable with the messy side of art, these spill-proof cups which work with the big brushes help control the mess and focus the activity on creation. They come with a lid to make clean up a breeze. And, they fit in the cup holder for the Melissa and Doug easel. When you need to clean the cups, just pop them in the dishwasher after rinsing out the paint.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
Melissa & Doug Easel Paper Pad
Use this Melissa and Doug easel for painting and chalkboard fun. The easel folds easily for storage and comes with a locking paper roll holder, a child-safe paper cutter, four clips and a plastic tray. The locking holder secures the Melissa and Doug easel paper pad.