Art is a great way to help kids express themselves, get their energy out, and have fun, all at the same time. Having some easy-to-do art projects on hand and ready to go is a great way to help your kids relieve stress and take control of a small part of their lives. Here are some fun art projects for kids at home:
By Jennifer L. Jacobson, Founder of NimbusHaus.com
1. Virtual Vacation Destination
Imagine somewhere you’d like to go. It can be anywhere; the ocean, under the ocean, the top of a mountain, the forest, a big city, an amusement park, the rainforest, even another planet. What kinds of things would you like to see and do in these places? What kind of food will you eat? What sounds will you hear? What will the air smell like? Get as detailed as you want. Look up pictures of this place, or places like it online and print out the pictures. Paint, draw, or tell a story about these places and specific things about them. Post these pictures in a special place on the wall where your family can see them.
2. Invent an Animal
This imagination project involves creating an animal of your very own and painting it. Think about what this animal looks like. How tall is it? Does it have wings? Does it have claws? Where does it live? What does it eat? How long does it live?
3. Baby Yoda Time!
Who doesn’t love the Baby Yoda, AKA The Child? Print out pictures for reference and sketch and paint him! For an extra challenge, draw The Child doing different things like skydiving, shopping at the supermarket, riding a merry-go-round, skateboarding, etc. Write a short story about The Child’s adventures and draw pictures to go with it.
4. Your Favorite Character
Gather pictures of your favorite movie, TV, or show character and draw them. For an extra challenge, draw characters from different movies and TV shows together going on adventures. Imagine and write new stories for these characters and draw pictures to go with them.
5. Imagine Your Future
Think about what you want to be when you grow up. What kind of job do you want? In what ways will you help others? Where will you live? Will you live in a city, or the country, or somewhere else? What kinds of problems do you want to solve? Imagine yourself 20 years in the future and draw scenes from a day in your life.
6. Your Very Own Amusement
Imagine you’re flying high over your very own amusement park. Draw a map of what it would look like. What would the rides be? Would there be a wild river ride or a lake? Would there be a train to go around or through the park? Who would your park be for? Would it have a theme? Along with the map, draw pictures of the top three attractions at the park.
7. Design Your Amusement Park Logo
Imagine your very own amusement park. What would its name be? Would it have a theme? Plan out and sketch 3 versions of your amusement park logo. Include a tagline if you want to.
8. Abstract Emotion
Some paintings aren’t of anything specific. Some paintings are just about emotion. Put on music that reminds you of a specific emotion like anger, joy, sadness, fear, or hope. While listening to that song, paint a picture filled with colors. Focus on how the music feels and how the paint flows onto the canvas. Watch the paint move and think about the colors you are using. Try and make the painting feel like the emotion of the song.
Finding regular time for art, and a dedicated space to do it can be an empowering activity for kids during uncertain times. Find a wall in your home to post your kid’s art regularly. Seeing their own art and knowing that their family sees it can help boost their confidence and self-esteem.
Jennifer is a communications professional, youth advocate, and founder of Nimbus Haus; a volunteer youth art program. Jennifer believes every child has the potential to be an artist. Whether it’s through painting, drawing, writing music, or becoming a filmmaker, Nimbus Haus seeks to help kids realize their dreams and thrive. Nimbus Haus especially advocates for LGBTQ+ youth and youth in foster care. For more visit: NimbusHaus.com