If your child has never told you he “hates art” or that “art is for girls”, consider yourself lucky. I’m embarrassed to say that is exactly what my 5 year old has been saying lately. The “for girls” part is especially annoying! I mean really. Where did he learn that nonsense?
So I am on a mission of sorts. Without scaring my son off with added pressure to do more art, I am trying to find ways to sneak it in, if not every day, then at least a few times a week. When my older son was less than artistic, I was able to inspire him with single color art projects, but that hasn’t worked with New Kid. I have to get creative and look beyond crayon and paper, which he will immediately recognize as “mom trying to get me to do art.”
Lucky you, I will be sharing these ideas on the blog. Of course, these ideas are not just for the art-resistant kid. If you have a naturally art-y child, I’m sure he or she will take it to a whole new level. (Note: affiliate links included below)
I saw this fun package of rainbow tape at the local art store and left it out on the table for New Kid to find. Purposefully leaving things out as if they are not meant to be there is a good way to get my kids interested in something, if you know what I mean.
He was intrigued and sat down so I swiftly pulled out his art journal. I adore our mixed media spiral bound journals. We use them for Zentangles, an art project New Kid actually likes. I’ve filled up mine but New Kid’s is still mostly blank pages.
Cutting the tape was a good fine motor exercise for my son. I speculate that one of the reasons my son “hates art” is because he finds wielding a writing implement challenging. Scissors can be particularly difficult. Nevertheless, the tape was sufficiently intriguing that when I shook my head no when he asked me to do the cutting for him, he decided to give it a go himself.
Now, truthfully he did not stick with this activity for a significantly long time. However, he enjoyed it, got a little creative, exercised his fine motor skills and that is a win-win in my book.
Do your kids hate art? Or do they love it? Have you ever tried making art with tape?
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