There are days when I feel like I’m firing on all cylinders.
My kids are wearing clothes with no holes or stains, everyone’s hair is brushed, I’m in something that’s not pajamas, I may even be wearing makeup (ok, no. I’m not wearing makeup. Let’s not get carried away). I have a plan for the day, and the five of us execute it well – going hiking without forgetting snacks or water bottles, or going to the museum where no one loses their coat, or heading to the zoo where animals frolic and play and possibly even wave at us.
And then there are the much more common days when we laze around the house and kids bicker and at about 10am I realize we need to do something structured before I lose my mind. But it can’t be complicated, and it can’t involve running to the store when I have feral animals in tow.
That’s where these five easy art projects for kids come in. Activities that involve just basic supplies – nothing special. Activities that will, at times, surprise and delight your kids when they try them. Activities that will at least keep them engaged and using their creative minds and possibly even cooperating with each other (or at least – distracted enough to forget to fight? We can hope!)
5 Easy Art Projects for Kids:
1.) Salt Painting from The Artful Parent
It just requires glue, paper (thicker paper is better, but use whatcha got!), liquid watercolors (you can also use watercolor paints and just use a little less water than you might normally), and – of course – salt. My kids get really excited watching the paint spread along the glue-salt lines. Actually, I was fascinated by it, too!
2.) Monster Bookmarks from Red Ted Art
These only require colored paper, glue, and scissors. They’re great because kids can customize them however they’d like. It’s a fun, imaginative craft…and then kids can use the bookmarks while they’re reading, or give them away as gifts!
3.) Melted Crayon Art from Tinkerlab
You do need a griddle for this one (what? Not everyone has a packrat husband who owns three griddles and five fondue pots?). If you do possess a griddle, the only other supplies you need are household items – aluminum foil and crayons. Kids can also explore what happens as the crayons melt – it’s a fun art and STEM activity all in one!
4.) Shaving Cream Marbled Paper from Happy Hooligans
Oh, this is so much fun. Show me a kid who doesn’t want to smush their hands in a giant pile of shaving cream, I dare you. Actually, show me an adult who doesn’t want to do that…I sure did! It also turns your paper into fascinating designs…I could see doing this for cards and wrapping paper, too, if you really want to get fancy.
This project does require cardboard boxes (if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you probably have some lying around!). Other than that, markers or paints and a little imagination are all that’s needed. The best part of this activity is that when you’re finished, kids can then spend even more time playing with the dollhouses (or in our case – the My Little Pony stable we created).
Thank you to Sophisticated Blooms here in Denver for the beautiful flowers on our art table! They were provided at no cost via BloomNation, the largest online collection of arrangements from local florists across the country.
For more fun art activities, try one of these: