Yesterday, to end our 4 day holiday weekend, we had kids art day. Nothing big, really. Just a deep, relaxing breath on my part, paint smocks, a wipe-able tablecloth, and watercolors. Find ideas for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students on my Crafts for Kids page.
My daughter has been asking to paint with her new art box from Hearthsong that she received for Christmas. In the past, I’ve had her wait until my youngest son goes down for his nap in the afternoon, but as he gets older, this solution no longer works as well. Plus, even though kid’s art can be frustratingly messy at times, I want to encourage my kids to be creative as much and as often as possible.
We started with Play-Doh. My husband and I had found big boxes of Play Doh for half price at Target before Christmas and picked them up for the youngest 2 kids.
As always, I have the kids put a wipe-able tablecloth on the table before doing arts and crafts. I even do this for something less messy like play doh. I keep the play doh molds and machine in a plastic box. This type of fun is good for at least an hour or two with my 4 kids.
After lunch, and after cleaning up all the little bits of play doh on the kitchen floor (note it’s not carpeted), we got out the watercolor paints. First the kids painted dinosaur models from my 8 year old’s kit from a museum trip. Then, it was on to painting pictures with watercolors. The youngest 2 lasted the longest. I put the watercolor paintings on the garage floor to dry.
What types of art projects do your kids like to do? How do you encourage their creativity?
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