We spend at least one long afternoon a week drawing and painting. About once a month I will give them a structured art project (like below) but most of the time I encourage free painting and doodling. I keep a large tarp, brushes, paints (watercolor and acrylic), good thick paper, and art pens/markers in the kitchen.
Drawing Books, Years 1-3
Books that are simple enough for the little ones.
Drawing Book of Animals, and other books by Ed Emberley
I Can Draw Animals, and other books in the Usborne “I Can Draw…” series
Drawing Books, Years 4-6
Books that are more challenging, but still simple enough to be fun and not frustrating.
And other books in the “20 Ways to Draw A …” series.
I really enjoy art projects that are 99% child friendly, yet still produce beautiful results of which they can be proud. These are some of our favorites over the years.
Advanced Monoprint (Easier than it looks; really fun with stunning results.)
Simple Monoprint (Even the tiniest people in the house can enjoy this project.)
Eggshell Mosaics (Easter)(Lots of fun, but must be spread out over several days to allow for drying.)
On the List to Try Next
My Pinterest board on Art and Crafts for Kids
“Starry Night” with Melted Crayons
Good quality educational Clip Art.
Free patterns for sewing or paper crafting.
Fine art prints by mail.
Clay ornaments with words (Joy, Noel, etc).
Star Wars snowflakes.
Make paper cones and string into “bells”
Old Christmas card collage with glitter