When do you set up art activities for your kids?
When mine were younger, I’d do them at various times of day. Mornings were always good for us, but I’d try to have something simple up my sleeve to do at transition times, such as after lunch or nap.
Now that my kids are in school, I like to have a simple art activity set up for when they get home. As much a chance to sit around the table together and talk as to create art. (We often save the more involved or multi-step art activities for weekends these days.)
Here are some simple art activities that work well for after school or other transition times.
These are low-key, low-mess activities that generally require a minimum of set-up, a minimum of adult involvement, and a minimum of clean-up.
(Of course, there’s always simply drawing or painting, which are obviously wonderful as well.)
13 Simple Art Activities for Transitions
- Shadow tracing art
- Q-tip pointillism
- Playdough modelling and play
- DIY art activity pages (or printables, if you want something super simple)
- Contact paper suncatchers with colored tissue paper or nature items
- Painting with oil pastels
- Collage with paper shapes
- Toothpick sculptures (try it with grapes for a healthy snack!)
- Contact paper suncatchers (with tissue paper, colored film, or nature items)
- Watercolor resist with crayons or oil pastels
- Sticker art
- Masking tape art (works great with washi tape, too!)
- Hole challenge art
So there you have it. 13 simple art activities for kids that are great for downtime and transitions between activities, times of day (mealtime, naptime), or locations (school, errands).
Plus, here’s a bonus one… If you have a spin art machine (we got ours on Amazon for about 10 bucks), spin drawing and spin painting can be remarkably calming and mesmerizing. My kids love both and often gravitate to the spin art machine after school.
And if you want a printable to hang on your fridge or cupboard door as a reminder for some of these ideas, check out this post on 10 Simple Art Activities to Set Up for After School.
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