1) Fingerprinting – This inexpensive form of creating art can be done with people of any age. Simply have a pot of paint or ink, dip the fingers, hands or feet into it and then press onto paper, cloth or any material you can think of. This can create a cool imprint or can be a family memento, showing each child’s handprint; a picture to be cherished forever. For pieces like this, there are certain types of ink and paint that are designed for being put upon stone, this means they will last for years to come.
2) Sock puppets- Using mainly throwaway items, creating sock puppets can be a cheap but fun way of keeping children entertained. It also has the added benefit of getting rid of all of the odd socks! Facial features of the puppet can be added using pen, other bits of material or accessories such as sequins. This means a diverse range of designs can be achieved by a few simple resources. However, a simple sewing set may be needed for some of the construction and therefore may be unsuitable for very young children as there is some needlework involved. If you want to make these then use Dick Blick Art Materials coupon codes to save some money along the way!
3) Potato Printing- This is a slightly trickier technique designed for older children to do but younger children can do the activity once set up. To do this you first need to cut the potato in half, then carve a pattern into the flat side of the half. This can be done by either adult or child. Different coloured paints can be put onto the print and then a picture can be made using different combinations of these patterns. This can be particularly effective on cloth, especially t shirts if done with the correct type of paint.
4) Nail painting- A more modern type of art activity, this is much more popular amongst girls but can be done with boys. With the vast availability of different colours and textures of nail varnishes, and the relatively low price, this activity can be a lot of fun for a whole range of generations. It can make the child feel more grown up, giving them a responsibility of doing something for their parent. It is advised that you have plenty of nail varnish remover in stock before starting of this activity!
5) Egg Shell decorating- A topical activity in time for Easter, this can be quite a skill and will maybe go wrong on the first few attempts. Firstly the egg needs to be blown; this involves making two small holes on either end of the egg and blowing into one. This makes the whites and yolk of the egg come out of the other hole, leaving you with your starting material; an empty eggshell. This can be painted, decorates or drawn on in many different ways. The process of this is very delicate though and so may not be advisable for younger children.
Although most kid’s art activities are using mostly items from the home, there are in most cases a few specialist materials that need to be purchased…..