Water color resist with crayons, is a classic art activity. Meaning, you probably remember doing this project when you were a kid. The great part about this activity (like using rubber cement), it’s a great way to show kids how different things react with water color. Resist, means that the crayon will repel the water […]
You know it’s time to finger paint a fall tree when the leaves start changing outside! Have they started changing where you live? We’re planning to take a trip up the canyon this weekend. Usually the leaves change sooner up there before they do in the valley. Man, I can’t believe it’s already that time […]
My kids are already going nuts about Halloween, how about yours? It doesn’t help that the stores have had the decorations out for a couple weeks. So I thought if the stores are doing it, and the kids are already freaking out, why not join in.
We’re not big cat people (the wife is allergic), but the little Hads loves anything that’s cute and fluffy! So, here’s some simple step by step instructions on how to draw a cat.
How to draw a 3d box is just one post in a series of many we’re planning to do. One of the fun parts about drawing, is making things look 3d or real. Of course, on this site we’ll take it slow. Each one of these drawing lesson videos are really meant for younger kids. […]
We try to do fun things with our kids on a regular basis. It’s not that we feel we need to entertain them (though we do feel that too), it’s more that we want them to experience life. Finding time to do things isn’t always easy, but we feel it’s important. We really don’t want […]
I thought girls were born knowing how to draw a butterfly. Not true, but my little girl loves them…so I thought I’d learn how and then teach her. There’s nothing wrong with a dad teaching his little girl how to draw a butterfly…right? At any rate, we had fun. That’s what matters. Materials Paper Pencil, […]
This was the first watercolor resist activity I’ve done with my kids. Chuckers thought it was magic. This is a fun activity to illustrate how some things react differently with paint. Watercolor Resist Materials: Watercolor paint Watercolor paper Brushes Water Rubber cement If you have more time to spend on this, you could help them […]
Finger painting a spider was a lot of fun, we also had a surprise guest! I’ve also noticed we’ve really been on a finger painting kick…haven’t we? Well, the kids are loving it so I’m not complaining. One of the things I’ve learned about kids and finger painting (I think I’ve mentioned it before, but […]
Finger painting a snail is a really simple art activity. Focus with your kids on making a good circle, and show them how mixing two primary colors makes a different secondary color. After you paint one, do another using different colors. Have your kids also make them different sizes, see if they can make a […]
How to draw a dragon was meant to be a little more difficult. I have a six year old and a 3 year old. Sometimes it’s hard to teach them both at the same time.
Finger painting a hedgehog for fun! This activity is meant to be very simple, starting off with an easy shape and mixing only two colors.
Any ol’ sketch book works great as an art journal for kids! Even a lined notebook will work fine.
Art for Kids now has a YouTube channel! We had fun this weekend setting up the channel and shooting our first epic video. In fact “Chuckers” and “Hads” had so much fun doing it, I’m sure will be filming the next one today.
Light tables for kids are the best! When I was kid I loved taping pictures to the windows then placing a blank piece of paper over top, to trace. Then after tracing it once I’d try to draw it from memory…after a while I got pretty good at drawing things from memory.
Anytime the kids are bored waiting for something (whether it’s food, weather, a line, mom…hope she doesn’t read this post), the kids will ask me how to draw a monster on my iPhone…then of course it’s their turn after I’m done.
If you need a little activity to get the kids focused and calm, try this finger painting activity! Actually any time we get the paints out and leave the brushes in the cupboard, they drop everything and run to the table.
The dragonfly post was such a hit with my little guy, Jack, I had to make more. Be sure to check out the original symmetry art activity, if you haven’t already. So, here’s five more activities to download for free!
What’s better than a frog…how about learning how to draw a frog? Even better, how about learning how to draw a funny frog 🙂
The other day a giant dragonfly landed on Jack’s bicycle pedal. It stayed there even after we all touched his wings. Jack’s eyes were huge. To me, it felt like a good opportunity to teach him about symmetry.
The next time you do an activity with your kids (even if it’s not an art activity), add music! See what happens…then next time you do another activity add a different genre of music…compare the difference. Kids love music just as much as you do, but how often do you include it in your day […]
Our kids love Play-Doh (And as parents we do too)! Not only is it fun for them (and us) to play with, but it helps calm them down during an “emotional crisis.” You know the ones I’m talking about. Well, if you haven’t tried using an art activity to bring your kid back to “reality” […]
Mosaics for kids can be a lot of fun. They’re kind of like creating your own puzzle. If you’re not sure what they are visit some of the reference links below.
Meet Moving Bob! He’s another great way to help your kids draw people and even learn basic (very basic) anatomy.
Dying eggs for Easter was always a tradition in mine and my wife’s childhood, so of course we have to do it for our kids! This year for Easter we decided decorate eggs a little differently though. We used crayons and paint instead of dye.
Sometimes I put off our family art activities, because we don’t have enough supplies. Well lately we’ve been trying to find things around the house to use. We were surprised by how much we found and could use. Doing an art project with the kids doesn’t always require a visit to the best store on […]
It’s starting to feel like spring! I’m freaking out, my kids are freaking out…bye-bye winter!
This was a fun ebook I wrote and illustrated for my kids. They love bugs, well not the scary ones. Click this link to download the free PDF. If you download this on your iPhone or iPad, you can add it to your bookshelf.
Color wheels can be elaborate, this one is not. This is a simple activity to help explain the Primary Colors to your kid(s) (Red, Yellow, and Blue). Just download the PDF and print. Let them color or paint each circle as labeled. The overlapping areas will make the secondary colors (green, purple, and orange).
Even though most kid paints clean up with a little warm water, it doesn’t hurt to provide a little extra protection…especially if your table has small grooves or texture.