Arts and crafts projects you can do with just the basics:
If you gather together a basic art kit you can do do a huge variety of fun projects and it won’t take so long to set up. Gather your basic arts and crafts supplies into one spot with a drop cloth and possibly an old shirt for a smock and start exploring some of these art projects.
Painting and Drawing:
- Read a story- ask your child to draw a character or scene from the book
- Draw three squares on a paper, help your child draw a comic.
- Play pass the drawing– great doodling fun for many ages
- Draw with crayons, then paint over the crayon drawing with water colors.
- Paint with water color then draw over the dried painting with markers.
- Gently heat crayons over a candle flame and let your child make dots and blops.
- Place flat objects on the table and do rubbings– try leafs, coins, fabric or string
- Write a secret message with white crayon, let your child paint or color with marker over it to discover the message.
- Paint water over a page and then draw with washable markers, alternatively, draw with washable markers and then paint over with water.
Glue, Tape and Decorate:
- Make a 3-D paper sculpture by taping or gluing pieces of folded or looped paper to a page.
- Dive into the recycle bin and create a junk sculpture. (A robot, a town or a spaceship are popular here.)
- Make a card for anyone for any occasion. Draw, glue on decorations, write down what your child would like to say.
- Decorate a shoe box or jewelry box to make a treasure keeper.
- Find some #6 Plastic in your recyclables and try making recycled shrinky dinks
- Try making a collage picture with ripped up pieces of construction paper. Draw a shape and fill it with bits of paper.
- Draw with glue on paper and allow to try, paint or color over the bumpy picture.
Cut and Fold
- Make crowns to decorate by taping a strip of paper into a circle.
- Fold a piece of paper a few times and experiment with cutting out shapes. Cut out snowflakes.
- Make Paper Dolls or a paper doll chain to decorate.
- Fold a paper airplane and give your child the coloring supplies to decorate it.
- Trace your child’s hand and your hand, cut each out and compare.
- Make a paper chain for decoration or to count down to a special day.
- Make a book and let your child dictate a story to you. Stories of events in your kids life or re-tellings of storybooks work well.
Alissa Zorn is an author, and founder of the website Overthought This. She's a coach and cartoonist passionate about helping people overcome perfectionism and shame to build authentic, joyful lives. Alissa is certified through the International Coach Federation and got her Trauma-Informed Coaching certification from Moving the Human Spirit. She wrote Bounceback Parenting: A Field Guide for Creating Connection, Not Perfection, and is always following curiosity to find her next creative endeavor.