Art activity is essential for a child’s healthy mental growth. It keeps the mind active as well as creatively boosts a child’s self-esteem and confidence when they finally see their finished work. Another advantage of art, is that it keeps children busy and away from doing anything mischievous, thus helping parents to relax and focus better on their work.
Various studies have suggested that kids who perform art activities during their early developmental years and then during their primary years, are emotionally stronger than those kids who haven’t had much exposure to art. Hence, it’s ideally recommended that parents encourage their children to perform various art and craft activities to boost their creativity and help them develop healthy personalities.
9 Create Greeting Cards with Your Children
With the internet taking over, most of us simply send e-cards with a few clicks and with not much effort, but children have time and lots of energy, so why not let them help design cards, and what could be better than greeting cards.
Greeting cards simply involve designing a card with the best possible design and writing a message for someone you think deserve to be appreciated.
You will need:
1 chart paper
Set of sketch pens
Set of color pencils
1 pair of Scissors
1 UHU tube
Sequins, ribbons, stickers (depending on how your child wants to decorate it)
Cut the chart paper into the size that your child wants for the card. Decorate its front side using stickers, sequins and ribbons. If your child is good at drawing, then he or she can simply draw and color the picture. Don’t forget to write ‘Thank You’ on the front side. Once your child finishes decorating the front side, ask him or her to write a message inside the card to the person they want to thank.
8 Creating and Cultivating Scrapbooking
Scrapbooks are a fun way to collect precious memories and keep them safely bound together in a collection. Children should be encouraged to keep scrapbooks because it helps them value each and every moment and it also helps to improve their writing as they describe the pictures in the scrapbook.
You can buy a good scrapbook from a stationary shop, book store or you can help your child make a scrapbook. Once they own a scrapbook, encourage them to capture moments using a camera. You can print pictures from time to time, or even use them as a reward for doing certain tasks at home, such as finishing their homework every day and studying well, then at the end of the week you can hand out the pictures printed for them.
As adults, we use scrapbooks for rare and special occasions, but you need to encourage your child to use it on a regular basis. This will help them appreciate every little moment in their lives and will teach them to remain content with whatever they have.
7 Daily Planner, Journaling or Diary
Most adults keep a planner or timetable with them in order to get tasks done and stay on schedule. But schedules not only benefit adults, scheduling benefits children too, because as we enter the grown up world we realize the importance of time management, and even then some of us have difficulty following the allocated time for our tasks.
Asking children to make their own daily planner or weekly planners so they learn the importance of time management from a young age is an important and beneficial skill.
To make a planner you will need:
1 A4/A5 size binding file
Self-adhesive book cover
Printed planner sheets
Using the self-adhesive book cover, cover the file. For this you will have to help your child do it since air bubbles are formed when sticking the cover, so you’ll have to make sure that the cover sticks smoothly on the file. Then print out planner sheets and ask your child to fill them in with their assignments and test dates as well extra-curriculum activities.
The attractive planner will encourage your child to follow their planner every day, thus learning to effectively manage their time.
6 Turn Old CDs into Wall Hangings
From time to time, old gaming or movie CDs become useless since we lose interest or they simply become obsolete. Instead of throwing away these CDs, you can use these for creative art activities with your children. They’ll not only fill up your walls with bright and vibrant colors, but will also help your kids learn that things can be recycled to create something innovative.
You will need:
At least two CDs
Transparent plastic thread
Let your child be creative with painting what they like on the silver shiny side of the CDs. Once they finish painting the CDs, let the paint dry. Tie the transparent thread from the center hole of one CD to the center hole of the next CD in a loop form. Once done, you can hang it on the wall.
Each time your child will sees their work hanging on the wall they’ll feel satisfied and encouraged to do better next time. You can even use old CDs to do more creative art activities.
5 Giving Your Child Doodling Time
Doodling is a fun activity suitable for both kids and adults. Doodling helps to increase concentration span as well as focus better on goals. In addition, doodling soothes the mind and helps to keep kids relaxed for a long time. It’s essential to make meaningless doodles after a tiring day, because it’ll help you relax and focus better on your next task.
When children doodle they remain calmer and more alert. Seeing their finished doodles will fill them with a sense of delight about their creativity. In order to doodle with your child, simply use blank paper or utilize a sketch book. Make it into a fun activity, don’t create any sort of competition, because this will only increase their anxiety and the activity will lose its purpose.
Also, don’t set any end goals or think about the end result, doodling is supposed to be spontaneous so planning an end result will involve thinking. Patterns should be made as they come to the mind. This is the real beauty of doodling and so don’t let it lose its charm.
4 Create Easy-to-Make Custom Bookmarks
If you have greeting cards ready for the trash, you can utilize them to create attractive bookmarks with your children instead of throwing them away. In case you don’t have greeting cards, you can use plain card sheets. With card sheets you will also require stamps, sketch pens and stickers.
Using a ruler, draw a boundary with a pencil according to the size you want. There’s no standard dimension for a bookmark, it all depends on the size of the book you will be using your bookmark for. Cut the card with scissors or a paper cutter. You can cut out certain patterns from the greeting cards.
When using a card sheet to make a bookmark, you can write quotes, create designs with stamps or let your child place stickers which is usually their favorite activity. Afterward, laminate the bookmarks to give the bookmark a glossy look.
3 Handprints to Create Pictures
Kids grow up so fast that in no time your little boy or girl will be all big and tall. What could be better than a handprint of your child’s tiny hands to preserve your child’s memories from time to time. For this art activity you’ll need a plate, a frame stand, poster paints, and a thick paintbrush.
Paint your child’s palms with their favorite colors. Once you have applied a thick layer of paint on your child’s palm, make them paste it on the plate by gently pressing the hands on the plate.
The pasted handprint can now be creatively decorated. Once it dries, it can be kept as a decoration piece on the frame stand.
2 Making Photo Frames Out of Popsicle Sticks
We hang pictures of our loved ones on our walls and place them on tables. Now you can make photo frames with your child. Kids as well as adults loves to eat popsicles, if you collect the Popsicle sticks that come along with your favorite treat, you can make a beautiful picture frame.
For this project you’ll require, at least 20 Popsicle sticks. The more sticks you have, the more fun your child will have. Next you’ll need washi tape of different patterns, glue and a thick thread piece.
Help your children make cool picture frames
Start with rolling out a strip of washi tape (sticky side up). Then lay the popsicle stick on top and wrap the washi tape around the edges. Wrap the sticks you want to use for the frame, which also depends on the size of the photo that you will be using with the frame. Stick different pattern washi tapes on every popsicle stick.
Take two plain sticks and put glue on one side of it on the whole length of it. Lay the sticks covered with washi tapes across them in the opposite direction. On the back side of the frame, stick a short piece of thread with both its ends so it forms into a loop. Once done, stick your pictures on top using glue, tape or simply push pins.
1 Fridge Magnets From Your Child’s Toys
After a while children get bored of their toys, so why not utilize them to make cute fridge magnets. For this activity all you need are some magnets and glue. The advantage of this art activity is that you can let your child do all the work while you observe them do it.
Ask your child to select the unwanted toys from their toy basket. Then place glue on one side of magnet and stick the toy firmly onto the side with the glue. Once the magnets have been properly attached to the toy, let your child put them on the fridge.
Turn an old toy into an interesting magnet
This activity will teach your child that just because they are done playing with the toy doesn’t mean that they should be thrown away. Instead they should come up with creative ways to reuse their unwanted stuff.
All these creative art activities are a must try. They’re easy to don’t require a lot of materials. Also, most of these activities don’t cost anything and are environmentally friendly so everyone can do them and get to spend some quality time with their children.