Drawing & Crafts

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.

20 Ways to Draw a Cat

20 Ways to Draw a Tree

And other books in the “20 Ways to Draw A …” series.

Art Projects

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.

Metal Engraving (Used this for ancient Egyptian & ancient Assyrian projects.  This Clip Art site has good reference pictures).

assyrian art

Advanced Monoprint (Easier than it looks; really fun with stunning results.)


Age 6

Simple Monoprint (Even the tiniest people in the house can enjoy this project.)


Age 3


Age 4


Age 6

Eggshell Mosaics (Easter)(Lots of fun, but must be spread out over several days to allow for drying.)

eggshell mosaics

Collaborative Coloring


Purposeful Doodling

zen patterns 13

Nature Mural

Mural 1

Tiki Scratch Art


On the List to Try Next

My Pinterest board on Art and Crafts for Kids

Paper Plate Weaving

Liquid Sidewalk Chalk, Chalk Paint

Draw Your Hand in 3D

Dyeing Seashells

“Starry Night” with Melted Crayons

Kandinsky with Color Mixing

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Oil Pastels with Watercolor Wash

Acrylic Forest Painting with Gesso



Art projects to learn about Great Artists.

Good quality educational Clip Art.

Free patterns for sewing or paper crafting.

Fine art prints by mail.

Christmas Projects

Clay ornaments with words (Joy, Noel, etc).

Lego ornaments.

Star Wars snowflakes.

Make a gift bow from old magazines.

Paper ornaments

Make paper cones and string into “bells”

3D paper snowflakes

Old Christmas card collage with glitter

paper xmas ornaments

Christmas decorations: paper ornaments, “bells,” and giant snowflakes.

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