Every family has their favorites when it comes to kids' art activities, but most of us (surely I'm not the only one?) are always on the look out for new fun art activities.
With that in mind, I asked 11 great parenting bloggers to share their favorite art activities with us. Their answers ranged from milk paint and suminagashi to a rainy day doodle game and duct tape flowers. Note: Make sure to click through on the links below for their blog posts on the art activities mentioned and any further description or tutorial.
I hope you find some new ideas here to try with your families. And who knows? Maybe they'll become a favorite in your household, too!
1. Play at Home Mom
"We love making window art because it is open-ended and fun to do whether you are 2 or 92. We love how one simple frame can become so many different things in the eyes of a child. Pouring/dumping glue and peeling it off your fingers is fun, too."
2. Valerie Deneen, Inner Child Fun
"Suminagashi. Hands down. It is my daughter's most requested art project EVER. We love that each print is totally unique, and that there's really no wrong way to do it. She could make marbled prints all day long, if I let her. LOL"
"We like to play Pass the Drawings. It's something that different ages can enjoy together and sometimes we come up with fun themes like 'robots' or 'flowers.' We love seeing how the drawings evolve with each person's input."
4. Mariah Bruehl, Playful Learning
"Every spring and summer it has become a treasured tradition to collect and press leaves and flowers. We keep them handy in our art area and enjoy using them to make handmade cards and bookmarks. We give them out as gifts and always save a few to have around the house. Every time we reach for a bookmark it brings back fun crafty memories."
5. Amanda Morgan, Not Just Cute
6. MaryLea Harris, Pink and Green Mama
7. Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup
8. Rachelle Doorley, TinkerLab
"Like many kids, my 4-year old enjoys the challenge of making her own potions, recipes, and paints. A recent favorite paint recipe uses sweetened condensed milk as the base, and my kids enjoyed taste-testing their concoction (without going overboard…I was surprised), while proudly creating an art material with their own hands."
9. Maggy Woodley, Red Ted Art
"We recently started an Alphabet Handprint series, in order to get messy, as well as support my son’s activities at his nursery. I didn’t anticipate quite how much we would all enjoy it! My daughter simply loves getting messy. My son loves choosing a new animal each week and figuring out how we will do it. And I love how much the kids are enjoying the process, as well as the challenge of “what next”. We have all the letters displayed both in our family room and my son’s bedroom!"
10. Marie LeBaron, Make and Takes
"We love to play with pipe cleaners. There are so many fun things you can make and create with these fuzzy wire sticks. You can twirl them into wands, make silly shape glasses to wear, and string beads to make a sweet caterpillar."
11. Cindy Hopper, Skip to My Lou