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A lot of children are being brought up in homes where the focus is career advancement. It’s gotten to the point where many parents not only push their kids into good colleges but also force them to go on to grad school or other higher education programs. There are hardly ever any discussions about what they want for themselves because it isn’t about what they want. It’s about what their parents think is best for them.
So many people, both inside and outside the art world, believe that artistic talent or skill is something you either have or don’t have. This couldn’t be further from the truth, but the way it is perpetuated in society has prevented many children from developing their artistic skills.
Undoubtedly many of us can remember being told by an adult when we were kids that we just weren’t good at drawing or painting because we didn’t “have the eye.” When these things are said by an adult who should know better, it can affect a child’s view of themselves about drawing and other forms of making art. They might think they will never be good at it and might even go on to convince themselves that they don’t enjoy it in any case.
A Genuine Interest In Art
Most of the time, parents believe that their kids love art when they simply like taking pictures or drawing because they are fun, not because it’s a passion for them. For children to have a genuine interest in creating art, their parents need to give them opportunities to try different forms of making things with their hands.
It doesn’t have to be something as involved as making a movie from start to finish but just giving them the chance to do some drawings or craft projects is a great way to get them interested in doing more later on. This is also good for future moms and dads looking for an activity to do with their kids that can foster a deep appreciation of art.
There are so many reasons why making art is essential for kids.
- It is a good way for them to be creative, express their feelings, deal with stress, and learn about the world around them.
- Making art also helps improve a child’s fine motor skills, which is particularly useful when it comes to writing or doing other things that require more detail-oriented work.
- Working on craft projects at home can teach children valuable lessons about taking care of their belongings and being responsible for creating what they want.
All of these factors combined will go a long way toward helping your child have an appreciation of art throughout his life! Here are a few fun and easy art activities kids can do at home:
Art Activities Kids Can Do
Sidewalk Chalk Masterpieces
Sidewalk chalk is cheap and readily available at most stores. It’s as simple as letting your child go to town on the driveway with their imagination. If they want, you can come up with some ideas of what they might want to draw or let them start from scratch. Allowing them to be creative and think for themselves will give them a sense of pride to carry on into other parts of their life.
Paper Plate Snowman
This is a great craft project for wintertime, and it works well either indoors or out. You need only one paper plate per person, so this is a cheap and easy craft project to do with multiple kids. Cut out a basic snowman shape from the center of the plate, draw on the eyes and nose, fold up one side so that it looks like a scarf, and glue or tape on some buttons at the top. You can decorate your snowman any way you want by adding googly eyes and pom-poms for added effect.
Shapes On Paper And Glass
One way to make art activities is by setting them out with some cooked spaghetti, paintbrushes, and paper. Encourage them to create shapes using different colored ink pads that are of good quality and are safe for kids. Letting your child loose with this setup will allow him to explore colors, textures, and shapes as he puts different pieces of pasta on his brush then down on the paper. It’s that simple! This makes a great craft project for parents looking to keep things easy and create something special for their children.
Another idea is to use dry-erase markers on glass windows. Kids love drawing things on glass because it gives off the illusion that what they are drawing is floating in mid-air! This can be especially fun during long car rides.
Making Picture Frames
This is a great activity that helps kids develop their fine motor skills and learn about framing pictures they drew themselves. To start, just give your child a black piece of paper that’s slightly larger than what she wants the final frame to look like. Let her use crayons, markers, or even paint to decorate the picture in any way she wants. After it’s done, all you have to do is to find some scrapbooking paper in a color of your choice and glue the final product onto the front of the frame.
These are just four examples of projects you can do with your kids; there are many other similar things to try. This is the great thing about making art for children; they will be willing to try anything at least once because it’s all new and exciting for them! This is why it’s crucial to offer them plenty of options for crafting. They should have the chance to figure out what they love doing.
If you don’t feel like doing art activities with your kids at home, they can always attend classes in their area where other children share an interest in making things.