Category Archives: Art

Watercolor & Salt

Your kid can paint watercolor on watercolor paper, and then sprinkle salt while the painting is still wet. Let it dry, and then gently brush the salt off.

Go Further:

Have your kiddo describe what they observe. What happened where the salt was? Why do you think it did that?   (The answer is that salt absorbs moisture, so it pulls the water towards itself, leaving more color around the salt after the water evaporates).

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Shaving Cream Drawing

Spray some shaving cream onto an old cooking pan, on a tray, or straight onto the table and let your kid at it! Once it’s smoothed out, they can draw pictures, shapes, letters, numbers, etc… in it. (You might want to set some ground rules so that the shaving cream doesn’t end up everywhere… i.e. keep the shaving cream on the table, no clapping your hands hard or slapping the shaving cream, etc..)

You can also do this activity on shower/ bath tub walls, and let your kid stand up and draw.

If your child learns well with hands-on sensory activities, this is a great way to practice letters, shapes, numbers, and their name.

** Shaving cream usually smells strong. If you use a pan or tray, the smell may seep into it. Two solutions are to clean it with baking soda when you’re done, or to line the tray with aluminum foil (which actually looks pretty cool underneath of the drawings).

Abstract Crayon

Turn crayon drawings into real abstract art by simply giving them a black border (use photo stick squares to mount the drawing onto black paper and then cut a border around it). If your little Picasso tells you what the drawing is of, make a small bordered rectangle, write the title in, and place it below the drawing.

These abstracts look awesome on a wall! They also make great gifts (especially for grandparents)!

Window Chalk

This might not be the prettiest activity, but it’s totally fun! When your sidewalk chalk gets left out in the rain, you can use it to draw on windows. If you know it’s going to rain, leave a piece of chalk out on purpose! It’s a great rainy day activity!

You can also have your kiddo dip dry chalk into water, instead of waiting for rain. Between the dipping and the drawing, it should keep them busy for a while!

Go Further:

-Talk with your kid about how water changes the chalk. Compare and contrast a dry piece of chalk with a wet piece.

– Use this activity to practice drawing shapes, writing letters and writing numbers

Abstract Watercolor

Even the littlest kid can move a brush around on paper! Use watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and a wide brush. If your child is like mine, they’ll love to mix colors together until everything is brown… an easy fix is to give them color choices that mix well together. It can also be helpful to paint one color at a time, letting the paint dry in before painting the next color.

Go Further:

-Matte one (or more) of your child’s paintings and hang it up in their room (or anywhere in your house!). You can even have them paint in colors that compliment the colors in their bedroom.

-Matte/ frame a painting and give it as a gift

Watercolors are a great way to learn about and discover how colors mix together to make other colors. Use two primary colors to create a painting that has both colors, as well as the secondary color created when they overlap.

Potato Stamps- pictures and cards

Make your own stamps out of potatoes! You’ve got a couple options for how to do this. The easiest way is to use small cookie cutters (think Christmas cookies). You cut the potato in half, then press a cookie cutter down into the potato, as far as it will go. Use a knife to cut away all the potato around the cookie cutter (leave the cookie cutter in the potato until you’re done). When you’ve sliced away all the excess, pull the cookie cutter out, and you’ll have your stamp!

The harder way to do it is to cut a shape into the potato. Use a knife with a pointy tip, and use the tip to draw the shape. Next, cut the shape into the potato using only the tip of the knife, by pushing the tip in and out. Cut at least a 1/4 inch down, and a little deeper if you can. Once your shape is outlined, carefully cut away the excess potato from around your shape. This method allows for unique shapes that you don’t have in cookie cutter form.

Once your potato stamp is finished, you can either use a brush to put the paint onto the stamp, or you can squeeze some paint onto a flat surface and press the stamp in (the way you would press a real stamp into an ink pad). Now you’re ready to stamp!

Go Further:

-Use your stamps to make cards (we made the ones above for valentine cards)

-Make letter stamps, number stamps, or shape stamps to practice recognition skills

-Practice color recognition by using shades of one color in your stamp picture

Color Block Cards

Create this kind of card by using masking tape to tape a border around the card (it actually helps to tape it down to the table). Then take a thin piece of tape and place it down the center, and do the same across the card, to create four blocks.

Using a separate piece of paper, outline letters or shapes and have your child color them in. Then cut them out and glue them into the squares on the card.

If you use colors that contrast enough, you don’t need to have a dark outline around the letters/ shapes. It’ll give it a great different look.

Helpful Hint: Use masking tape that’s cheap, so that it doesn’t stick too much to the card. And when you take the tape off, do it slowly and gentle so that it doesn’t rip off part of the card.