Any ol’ sketch book works great as an art journal for kids! Even a lined notebook will work fine.
Art for Kids now has a YouTube channel! We had fun this weekend setting up the channel and shooting our first epic video. In fact “Chuckers” and “Hads” had so much fun doing it, I’m sure will be filming the next one today.
Light tables for kids are the best! When I was kid I loved taping pictures to the windows then placing a blank piece of paper over top, to trace. Then after tracing it once I’d try to draw it from memory…after a while I got pretty good at drawing things from memory.
Anytime the kids are bored waiting for something (whether it’s food, weather, a line, mom…hope she doesn’t read this post), the kids will ask me how to draw a monster on my iPhone…then of course it’s their turn after I’m done.
If you need a little activity to get the kids focused and calm, try this finger painting activity! Actually any time we get the paints out and leave the brushes in the cupboard, they drop everything and run to the table.
The dragonfly post was such a hit with my little guy, Jack, I had to make more. Be sure to check out the original symmetry art activity, if you haven’t already. So, here’s five more activities to download for free!
What’s better than a frog…how about learning how to draw a frog? Even better, how about learning how to draw a funny frog 🙂
The other day a giant dragonfly landed on Jack’s bicycle pedal. It stayed there even after we all touched his wings. Jack’s eyes were huge. To me, it felt like a good opportunity to teach him about symmetry.
The next time you do an activity with your kids (even if it’s not an art activity), add music! See what happens…then next time you do another activity add a different genre of music…compare the difference. Kids love music just as much as you do, but how often do you include it in your day […]
Our kids love Play-Doh (And as parents we do too)! Not only is it fun for them (and us) to play with, but it helps calm them down during an “emotional crisis.” You know the ones I’m talking about. Well, if you haven’t tried using an art activity to bring your kid back to “reality” […]
Mosaics for kids can be a lot of fun. They’re kind of like creating your own puzzle. If you’re not sure what they are visit some of the reference links below.
Meet Moving Bob! He’s another great way to help your kids draw people and even learn basic (very basic) anatomy.
Dying eggs for Easter was always a tradition in mine and my wife’s childhood, so of course we have to do it for our kids! This year for Easter we decided decorate eggs a little differently though. We used crayons and paint instead of dye.
Sometimes I put off our family art activities, because we don’t have enough supplies. Well lately we’ve been trying to find things around the house to use. We were surprised by how much we found and could use. Doing an art project with the kids doesn’t always require a visit to the best store on […]
It’s starting to feel like spring! I’m freaking out, my kids are freaking out…bye-bye winter!
This was a fun ebook I wrote and illustrated for my kids. They love bugs, well not the scary ones. Click this link to download the free PDF. If you download this on your iPhone or iPad, you can add it to your bookshelf.
Color wheels can be elaborate, this one is not. This is a simple activity to help explain the Primary Colors to your kid(s) (Red, Yellow, and Blue). Just download the PDF and print. Let them color or paint each circle as labeled. The overlapping areas will make the secondary colors (green, purple, and orange).
Even though most kid paints clean up with a little warm water, it doesn’t hurt to provide a little extra protection…especially if your table has small grooves or texture.
Many parents hand a camera to their kids when they are 14-ish, but have you thought of giving one to them sooner? Maybe around 2 or 3? My little 5-year-old can’t put his camera down. He loves it!
Every kid is artistic, for the simple fact that every kid has an imagination! With just a little help from their parents each child can develop their inner artist even more. If you’re struggling to find your “inner-parental-artist-mentor”, following these 5 simple steps can help get you on the right path. 1. Art supplies! Crayons […]