DIY: Kids Art Projects -Occupy and Educate Them
Kids Art Projects are key right now. Summer has basically ended. Some children are physically going back to school. Others are remote learning. Regardless of how they do school, keep your children occupied and educated when they’re home. I took an elective in college called Teaching Children Art. So I’m here to share some projects that you can do at home with your children.
Many traditional fabrics use block printing to achieve their designs. There are lots of textile factories in countries such as India that add beautiful designs to their fabric. This project teaches your children how to do block printing using a potato (above image).
Potatoes are a good art medium for this project because you can easily cut slices into the potato. I used a steak knife on a raw potato. I sliced shapes on the flat side of one side of the potato, then dug into the skin on the side to push out the piece of potato I had sliced on top. Doing that created the design. Then you dip the potato into the paint. Your child presses it onto the paper. Repeating the process creates a pattern and makes the design. Kids art projects like these teach lessons in the textile process and print making.
The Color Wheel
The color wheel was one of the first things I remember learning as a child in art class. It’s how you learn how to mix colors. Red and blue make purple. Green is made with blue and yellow. These are the primary colors. The color wheel takes it one step further and shows you which colors are opposites on the color wheel.
These colors coordinate and you’ll see them in different areas in daily life. You always wonder why these colors usually look so good together. Think blue and orange or yellow and purple. The color wheel shows you the secret. Click here and here for color wheel printable sheets. They go from the very basic to more complex wheels depending on your child’s age. One of them involves using Skittles candy, which is really cute. Your child will begin to learn the relationships between colors, something that is useful in so many fields. Think Marketing, Graphic Design and Psychology to name just a few.
Abstract “Butterfly” Painting
This project is a favorite among children because they never know what they’re going to get. Each time you do it you get a different result. Take a standard sheet of printer paper. Fold it in half. Then add a few drops of paint to only one side. Fold the two sides of paper together evenly.
Have your child press the paper with their fingers (without opening it to touch the actual paint) to spread the paint around. When they open it they’ll have an abstract painting that is a mirror reflection. Each time they do it they’ll get a different result and be absolutely amazed.
Tile Mosaic Project
The picture below is a tile mosaic project I did as an adult. However you can adapt this to make it age appropriate. Use larger shapes of construction paper. Or you may decide not to focus on the project having a specific shape.
Just let the child use their imagination and enjoy fitting the different shapes together. Even if they overlap the shapes, it doesn’t matter. It’s their self-expression. Kids art projects like these teach shapes and proportions.
Making a collage is a great way to put your ideas on paper in front of you. This is something I loved doing when I was younger. My family would always get so many catalogs from JCPenney or Sears in the mail. I would cut out the pictures from the different pages and glue them onto paper. Now, it takes a little longer to find catalogs and pieces of paper to put together.
However, just take the time to collect little flyers or any magazine you may receive in the mail and let your child use those and make their own collage. They can be any old magazines you have lying around the house. If the child is old enough to use scissors, let them cut out the images themselves. It’s part of the fun.
These projects are just the start. Older children will be able to create more projects on their own based on the principles of these projects. This was how my mom kept me occupied for hours on end without cellphones and tablets.