Sometimes a good way to distract your kids from going bonkers inside on a cold or rainy day is to just cover the table with paper and give them some art supplies.
I recommend leaving the paper on the table as long as possible to see what art your kids create. Our art session lasted over two days! Yep, we left the paper on for two days. I turned the paper around on the second day so he could reach the blank spaces on the wall side of the paper.
MORE: See how we stock our art cabinet with basic, but fun supplies.
Color mixing is always a great way to encourage open-ended art. You can even squeeze the paint directly on the paper. Alternatively, reuse take out containers as paint trays for easy clean-up.
Make sure to include a variety of art materials like pastels and crayons. My son broke all the oil pastels in half so he could "share" them with me. How nice.
It doesn't matter if all your child wants to do is make blobs and scribbles. If they don't want to create representational art, don't pressure them. This is a process art project.
Ask open-ended questions like, "Tell me about this." Or, make observations like, "The blue and black are swirling together." You will be surprised at how your child's imagination fills in the gaps for you.