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Creative Art Projects For Kids

Updated on June 7, 2017
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Melissa obtained her B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management, minoring in Biology. She enjoys creative writing, art, and gardening.

Summers Here And The Kiddos Are Getting Restless!

You know what its like when summer rolls around, the kids are so excited and then after about a week of freedom from school the looks start. The look, the one that says I'm bored, entertain me!

So you bust out all your best parenting tools and you get them outdoors and running around, but what happens when it rains? Oh no, their stuck inside again, and guess what? They're bored!

That's what these projects are good for. Those days when you've run out of everything in your arsenal to keep the kids busy and happy. Just when you think you've done it all, we are bringing you at least one more projects of fun!

Magazine Self-Portrait
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Magazine Self Portrait

Materials: Magazines, Construction Paper, Scissors, Glue Sticks (Frames - optional)

For this self-portrait we are going to cut out various pieces of magazines and put your portrait together out of pieces of things that represent you. Be prepared to participate in this project. Joining in on the fun really gets the kids excited, not to mention that it's fun!

I would start out the project by explaining what a self portrait is.

From Wikipedia, "A self-portrait is a representation of an artist that is drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by that artist."

A few examples of self portraits would be nice to have handy. I recommend pulling up some images on your favorite electronic device. Don't be afraid to spend some time on this, if the kids have questions now is a great time for them!

Now it's time to get down to the fun stuff. Have everybody grab a magazine to start with and find something in it that represents them, that they'd like to add to their self portrait. Have them cut it out then rotate magazines. Once they've got as many images as they'd like to add to their portrait, it's time to assemble.

Here everyone can be really creative, they can try to fit the pieces into the shape of their face, or they can shape it into other things, even a collage of the images could be a representative of themselves. Let them decide how they want to do it. (This may be the most difficult task.)

Glue the magazine pieces on the construction paper until the desired image is achieved. When completed have the kids describe their self portraits and explain why they chose the things they did.

*additional note - these would look fantastic framed!

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Write A Children's Book

Materials: pencils, paper, creativity!

This one may seem like it is too difficult to do, but I promise you it's not! In fact this could be the easiest and funniest of the projects that you do!

Now I don't suggest writing a novel together with the kids the first go round, but a children's book? That might be doable!

First decide what age group you want to tailor your book to. Is it going to be a picture book, for a certain school age? Is it just going to be writing? Or is there going to be drawing involved?

Then get started on the story! Make it fun, make some rules, perhaps you take turns writing a line for the story to make it interesting? Or perhaps every other word you each decide on? Or maybe you want to brainstorm a certain idea that you come up with and write about that instead. Decide if it's going to be funny, serious, or have a moral to it. Whatever you decide you are going to have a great time doing it together!

**Advanced Level Book Making**

Materials: Adobe Illustrator

If your children are teenagers or older, you may want to do this advanced level of picture book making, as you have the option of self-publishing and printing your book when you finish.

Adobe Illustrator is the only tool you need. Some skills with it would be helpful, but there are many sources out there to help you learn how to use illustrator to it's full potential. Google and Adobe's tutorials are endlessly helpful here. After formatting your pages you can draw on illustrator, as well as add the words for the pages. Once your book is designed you can self publish, on places like Amazon's createaspace, or blurb.

Fair warning depending on your level of familiarity of Adobe Illustrator, this project could take days, or months! It's not for the faint of heart!

However, there is no reward like seeing all your hard work pay off when the printed copy first shows up at your door!


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