There is no shortage of artistic pursuits that will keep your kids entertained, from drawing and finger painting to working with clay to creating outdoor art with elements found in nature, designed to deteriorate over time (think Andy Goldsworthy and take a photo before it gets blown away or snagged by squirrels). But putting together macaroni paintings can get a bit tedious for adults. What you want is art activities that are easy enough for children to participate in, but still fun for adults. And finding both in one project can be a daunting task, much like finding movies your kids like that you can actually sit through. However, when you start doing some research you’ll discover that there are all kinds of activities you can undertake with kids in order to scratch your creative itch and spend some quality time together. This is a great outlet for your child to express their creativity. Here are a few options that should cater to kids and adults alike.
- Sidewalk chalk. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, sidewalk chalk provides you with an excuse to get the kids out of the house and into the fresh air for a while, as well as a means of keeping them entertained with a fun art activity. And you can get in on the action by helping to draw a hopscotch course or set up a four square court. You could also draw your own art while the kids work on theirs. It’s not much different than drawing indoors, but if you have trouble getting the kids outside, this could be a good tactic.
- Screen printing. Making your own designs on t-shirts can be a lot of fun, and you’ll find plenty of kits for stenciling, screen printing, and otherwise making designs on fabric at toy stores, craft stores, and of course, online. With the proper equipment, the right kind of paint, and some cool graphics to start with, you can make tees for yourself while the kids get crafty with their own clothing. You can also do tote bags, tablecloths, pillow covers, and pretty much anything made of fabric. As they say in ‘Portlandia’, put a bird on it!
- Photo frames. You probably send plenty of photos to family members and friends, so why not turn your family pics into a nice gift by personalizing photo frames? This fun art project can keep you and your kids entertained and result in some thoughtful and unique presents for the people you love. And even if you’re not particularly artistic, you can use a slew of craft supplies (glitter, ribbons, stickers, stencils, and more) to make your frames look fantastic.
- Greeting cards. Most families send out cards for birthdays, holidays, and even just to say hello. But with the internet making communications so quick and easy, correspondence by mail is becoming a lost art. On the upside, this only makes the cards you send out more special. So if you’re looking for a way to spend an afternoon being both creative and productive, sit the kids down to make stationary and greeting cards to provide your family and friends with the surprise of some good mail.
- Art classes. The great thing about classes for drawing, painting, ceramic art, and other artistic pursuits is that you can join with your kids and everyone can participate at their own level. This is great news for parents looking for something artistic that appeals to all ages. So think about seeking out classes at contemporary ceramic studios association, a local art studio, or even the community center in your area.