We are a very creative family! Right from the start, I provided art and craft materials and allowed my children much free time to create daily in our homeschooling, which I believe laid the foundation to their their talent and enjoyment of all things creative. May I encourage you to do the same?
Set up a craft area with supplies to provide creative opportunities for your children. This is especially good for hands-on activities while the children listen to a read alouds, or for handicraft time in the afternoons.
Art and craft supplies need not be expensive. I started our collection with a cheap craft purchase here and there each month, and added new, interesting items to our stash to keep my kids excited and stimulated. I stored these items in Ziploc bags in plastic suitcases, placed in an easily accessible area on the bookshelf. Read how I organized our art supplies here.
Here are 25 art and craft ideas gathered from around the globe on Pinterest ~
- Watercolor set, brushes and paper
- Wax crayons and watercolor to create wax-resist painting
- Giant chalk to create outdoors drawings on concrete floors
- Shoestrings and wooden beads
- Cheap camera and nature prompt list
- Recipes and ingredients
- Magazine, scissors and glue to make a collage
- Soap block or soft pine wood pieces and carving tools
- Wool and pompom maker
- Shaving cream, food coloring in a tray to make marbled paper
- Lego, cardstock and felt-tipped markers to create a Lego diorama
- Flowers and vases or flower press to create a pressed flower collection
- Felt, scissors and a felt board
- Pipe cleaners and tiny pompoms to create fantasy animals
- Sunflower and bean seeds and some small garden tools
- Long piece of cheap fabric, pegs and poles to create a tepee or tent
- Tinfoil, card board, glue and string to create foil art
- Stamps and stamp pads
- Feathers and beads to make necklaces
- 51 ideas with shoe boxes
- Dress up clothes
- Music instruments or let them make their own musical instruments
- Twisty balloons
- Leaf rubbings with wax crayons
- When all else fails – Bored jar with activity ideas
- It is worth spending a while clearly and simply demonstrating to your children how to work with the materials, how to take care with specific things, how to clean up and pack away.
- Establishing foundation skills with each activity prevents the mess and chaos that most moms hate and therefore avoid doing art and crafts.
- Purchase some plastic sheeting or cheap painter’s drop cloths to cover the floor if working with messy things.
- Insist that your children wear an old over-sized T-shirt (my kids loved wearing their dad’s T-shirts) or art smocks or aprons over their clothes. You can even make aprons out of plastic bags.
- Set a limit where the activity can take place. Children may only work in a specific room, on specific tables or floors. Don’t encourage them to wander around with the supplies.
- Remind your children to wash paint brushes, close glue tops, pack away when done.
- Lastly, provide a lovely gallery to display their works of art.
Here’s wishing you and your family hours and days of fun and creativity!