Need Some Inspiration?
Being stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Here are some art activities that can be done from anywhere with basic art supplies, and supplies from our Art Kits -
These fun activities range from very simple sea creatures to master level works of art. Try the simple angel fish or biting shark for beginning kids or the classic paper crane for older teens.
Paper Sharks and Sea Life
Find more origami projects here: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/easy-origami-for-kids/
Easy Paper Zoo Animals
Try your hand at a paper crown, we've linked to beginner crowns for little ones or more advanced crows for older kids and adults.
Advanced Paper Crown (Ages 9 and up)
We had some of our friends at Color Outside the Lines make these great creations to help give share some inspiration! Give something like this a try with your own creative flare and see what you come up with.
Clay imaginary mosaic, anything goes!
Create your favorite animal or imaginary friend!
Make some abstract and miniature sculptures -
Try these cute clay bug projects. The clay caterpillar requires only a couple of colors and very simple shapes while the snail might require a defter hand to make the eyes and spirals.
Clay Plant Crafts
More advanced crafters might want to try their hands at these adorable clay cactus plants in pots. Each cactus will require a minimum of four colors but the end result is an adorable clay plant that anyone would be proud to have on their shelf.
Make your own harmonica
Reuse straws to create rocket ships in space
Easy Paper Tree
Easy Cardboard Plane
Paper Fidget Spinner
You and your young one will enjoy the craft projects found on this site: https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/10-creative-clay-craft-ideas-for-kids/
Older kids and their parents will love these projects: https://stylesatlife.com/articles/clay-craft/
And 20 more ideas for parents and their young ones: https://artsycraftsymom.com/clay-crafts-for-kids/
Take a Virtual Museum Tour
The Metropolitan Art Museum has allowed a collection of famous art pieces to be distributed online. This is a great option if you would like to get inspired by a wide range of old art or- if you want to print and cut out the paintings, that’s cool too!
Start by collecting things from outside or inside (maybe a leaf or a clip of a magazine). Next, save them for the collection reflection! How do the objects make you feel? Do they remind you of a memory that you would like to reflect on? Feel free to color, draw, write, or paint about it in your journal, just remember to tape or glue your object in the journal for reference. https://www.homeschool-activities.com/homeschool-art-projects.html#.Xr2HvRNKgWp
Tree of Strength
Start drawing a tree from its trunk and working your way up to its branches, when you start the leaves make big enough to write a word in! The words will be people or activities that give you strength. For example, art, sports, friendship, dance, those are all great options to write on your Tree of Strength. The last step is to ask an adult if you can hang it up, this way you can look at it whenever you need a little reminder that these are all options for you.
Comic Super Hero Reflection
Start by grabbing a piece of paper and with a pencil dividing it by lines into four boxes. Next, think about who inspires you? This person could be your favorite author, sports player, a teacher, or really any adult that you think deserves a superhero comic made after them. After you decided who you would like to be the star of your comic think of an amazing costume to give them! Should they wear a cape? Should they be underwater saving fish? Are they out in the garden planting vegetables? Draw, write, and color their activity of choice in the four boxes! Voila! You have your superhero comic!
Crayon Verses Watercolor or Markers
Did you know that waterbased paints are resistant to crayons? Start by drawing some shapes with the crayons of your choice- then color over them with markers or paint! What happens? How do they “stick out”- next try writing secret messages with the white crayon. What other “experiments” can you do with the crayon versus waterbased art supplies can you do?
Recycled Animal HabitatAsk an adult if you can use clean recycled cardboard, washed-out yogurt cups, and any other safe recycled material. Gathering and cleaning the materials is the first part of the activity! Next, decide what animal you want to make a habitat (home) for! Then do some research on what that animal’s habitat looks like. Is it underwater? On land? In the trees? Underground? Shape your “found objects”- recycled material to fit the habitat by coloring, gluing, taping, and shaping it together. The last step is to create the animal and find a happy spot for it to sit (or stand) in the habitat!