Children's Creative Art Ideas

Love to create, and create what we love!

Being creative can help a whole lot in teaching preschoolers about almost anything. Great ideas can come out as simple as drawing some pictures in the dirt with a stick, and exploring the concept through discussion about what is being drawn, or how it might look different using a different canvas. Children love to explore their inherent talents, and those talents can expand so fast. Even for people who aren't very creative it isn't hard to think of an activity that is low-mess and cost-free. One great idea I like to use in order to promote sharing creative ideas, and co-operation is group drawings. Giving the children a huge piece of paper, and some pencil crayons. Intriguing them with a concept like, "What's your favorite food?" , and having them draw it together on that paper. In doing this idea I've noticed that for children who have a hard time drawing, they learn techniques from the children who are more advanced. They will show each other how to draw certain things, and even challenge each other to draw something better. This works any time of year, and is really fun to do. Art is a subject I have a lot of fun with as the possibilities are endless. Using different materials, textures, and even drawing in different lighting can enhance the experience to build children's aesthetic appreciation. So here's a few activities that I really enjoy doing. I hope you'll find them fun, and resourceful!

Some of my favorites!

Dino Fossils Activity! This can be done with bake-free home made clay, plastic dinosaur figures, and some pasta. Children love this idea, and will probably want to make more than one!
Dino Fossils Activity! This can be done with bake-free home made clay, plastic dinosaur figures, and some pasta. Children love this idea, and will probably want to make more than one!
Shoe People Activity! This is a great idea for children who have a hard time drawing figures, and shapes. Have them trace their shoe onto a piece of paper, and design it into a person, monster, animal, or even something else!
Shoe People Activity! This is a great idea for children who have a hard time drawing figures, and shapes. Have them trace their shoe onto a piece of paper, and design it into a person, monster, animal, or even something else!

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Activity Plans, and Some Thoughts!

When doing art activities with children a lot of people forget that the average child between the ages of 2-5 have not learned how to draw very much, and the most you might see is a few lines or a scribble. Keep in mind that the child who drew it finds this line or scribble to represent something, and even if it isn't a Picasso it is still creative, and beautiful! A line on a piece of paper is so much more creative than nothing on the paper at all. Children need a good balance of open-ended and teacher directed art activities to expand their creativity, and help them build these talents to their full potential. Here's a few activity plans to help you out...

Spray Bottle Art

Materials: Small spray bottles, water, paper, and food color.

Procedure: Fill a few spray bottle up with water, and use the food color to make them each a different color. Set up the materials at a work table, and invite the children to join in. Show them how to use the spray bottle, and create a picture that is similar to tie-dye patterns. Talk about their creations, and even use this as an intro to talking about rainbows. How rainbows are made, and what colors are in a rainbow.

Suggestions: After the picture drys you can decorate it further with pencil crayons, and glitter to make the activity a bit more interesting. You can even use an outline on the paper that the children are directed to spray inside of to encourage co-ordination with the spray bottles.

This activity promotes: Creativity, Fine Motor Skills, Curiosity, and Aesthetic Appreciation.


Leaf Paintings

Materials: Large Leaves, painting supplies, paper, and glue.

Procedure: Set up the materials at a work table, and talk to the children about how we can paint on many different canvases to create art. Then invite them to choose a leaf they would like to paint on. Glue the leaves down to paper, and label each child's work with their name on the paper.

Suggestions: Add glitter to make it more interesting. Talk about trees that grow leaves, and how they only grow them in the summer. How they lose their leaves in the winter, and what makes a tree grow. What makes the color in the leaves? Can they paint a picture of the tree the leaf came from, and the sun, rain, and dirt that made it grow?

This activity promotes: Environmental Awareness, Fine Motor Skills, Creativity, Thinking Skills, and Aesthetic Appreciation.

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