As I am currently navigating my youngest son’s disdain for all things art, I thought it would be a good time to resurrect some of the active art projects I did with his brother. The great thing about these art projects, unlike many active art activities is that they can all easily be done indoors, with minimal mess (although you may remember I am not afraid of giant messes.)
These ideas were appealing to my son because they moved beyond a simple paint brush and paper. They helped him look past traditional ideas about what making art is and I’m hoping they have the same effect on his brother!
Have you tried any of these? Do you have any other active art projects that can be done inside a small apartment?
Painting with magnets. Think outside the science and art box.
Decorate the windows. This is one of our favorites! Gets kids standing and climbing in the window. Create a stained glass effect using cellophane, soap and water, or use washable paints and let your kids go to town.
Paint on a chalkboard with water. Stand up and move those arms. If they get a little crazy, that’s okay, it’s just water!
Shaken container painting. Jumping may also occur. A word of caution: fit the lid tightly!!
Spinner art. Use the kids’ favorite kitchen tool.
Marble painting. What boy (or girl?) doesn’t like a little ball play?
Color smooshing. All the mess contained and a little color theory leaning.
Marbled paper with shaving cream. This one is not as active, but it involves squirting and swirling, which is always a big hit.
Easy art on big paper. If you cover your floor with butcher paper, you can get the kids moving. Provide printing materials for hands and feet!
Create life sized body art. Kids get out of chairs, lie down and move around on the floor, and use big arm movements. I never realized how big arm movement is crucial to the development of fine motor muscles, too.
What kind of non-sitting art projects do your kids work on while they are indoors on cold or rainy days?
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