Whether it's painting, drawing, or sculptures.... art unleashes the creativity inside.
There's a reason why therapists recommend stress balls, they've got the same effect as using play dough or modeling clay.
Completing any type of art project gives the child a sense of pride and accomplishment, as well as a self-esteem and self-confidence boost.
Art gives children an outlet for their creativity, which helps them focus better on their school work. Doing simple tasks like doodling with a piece of chalk or grasping a paint brush assist in fine motor development. When children experiment with materials, they dabble in science. By the time a child reaches Kindergarten, they are expected to know how to draw circles, squares, and be able to cut straight lines with scissors.
Nurturing a child’s creativity helps her mental, social, and emotional development. Kids learn to experiment with art, make mistakes, and try new ways of thinking--a skill they can use into adulthood.
Art expresses what words cannot. Even a child too young to speak or speak well can express their thoughts and emotions through art. Just a simple painting or a drawing can express a lot of things without the need for words.
Keep your kids on the right path developmentally and socially. Take the time to create with them at home--be it building with Cheerios or making paper airplanes. You can also enroll them in art classes. Our fall schedule is ready and waiting! Just make sure your children have the opportunity to create and express themselves whenever possible.
Watch how we did it!
Watch our facebook live broadcast for a step-by-step instruction on how to make these sweet butterflies:
Once you've finished your butterflies, you can hang them from the ceiling, attach them to a window, or even use some floral wire to have hover above a houseplant!
I hope you enjoy this simple summer craft!
7 Drawing Invitations to Try this Summer
#2 Doodle Frames
A simple frame drawing is a great way to encourage young artists to begin exploring. Think about it: A blank sheet of paper can be quite intimidating. By doodling a frame onto the page, or multiple frames, you've broken up that page and started the process.
Don't stress about your own drawing, either! Just doodle it. It doesn't have to be perfect!
MORE ABOUT FRAME DRAWING:
#4 Step by Step Drawings
Step-by-step drawing instruction is great for older preschoolers and younger elementary kiddos. They teach kids to see the shapes that make-up an object, animal, person, etc. Plus, they build confidence!
We have an entire pinterest board devoted to Step-by-Steps so you can just print out the ones that your children are most interested in!
Another amazing resource for step-by-step drawing is YouTube. We love ArtforKidsHub, which is a dad and his kiddos who have daily How To Draw videos.
#5 Drawing Prompts
We often start our art classes with a simple drawing prompt. It gets the kids "warmed-up" (just like in sports!). Drawing prompts get them thinking and creating differently. In class, we write the prompt on the board, but at home, you could just write the prompt on the top of a sheet of drawing paper. Maybe you could have a box full of drawing prompts?!
Drawing prompts don't have to be complicated. Just a question. Usually we keep it silly and short. Below are some of our examples.
Instead of starting with a blank page, you can also start with a printed prompt. Here are some great ones that you can print right at home!
#7 "Simon Says" Drawing
It's just like what it sounds like! Our classes and camps LOVE this one. Make it as complicated or as simple as you'd like. Everyone's drawings will turn out differently. Think outside the box on this one...it's not just "draw a dog" or "draw a cloud", it's also:
Be creative and silly. If you have multiple children, they can probably play this game by themselves. If not, you can probably multitask while you shout out goofy instructions!
More Summer Ideas:
Content inspired by the artists and art created in our studio.
Orange Easel began as a small art studio in my basement and continues to grow and serve our community. Read more about our story here.