HOW TO CREATE EXCITING ART AND CRAFT ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Visual Art is one avenue where people of every race and creed can express themselves. Children, in
particular, tend to crave this vehicle of expression as they go through the artistic stages: scribbling, preschematic,
schematic, and visual realism. Each stage is vital to the child’s development, and artistic
expression should be encouraged as much as possible. Parents and teachers sometimes stifle this
creative side of children by not providing opportunities for artistic expression. It is sometimes due to
their lack of knowledge or fear of the subject.
This book will highlight ten art topics that can be used at home or in the classroom to encourage artistic
expressions and spark creativity in children and interested adults.
Crayon resist is a type of artwork that is ideal for children and adults who want to create something
This technique involves the use of crayon and watercolor paint combined. As the word suggests, the
crayon resists the paint and creates a batik-like effect on the surface.
• An 8x10 piece of cartridge paper
• Wax crayons
• Watercolor paint (one color per work)
1. Cut a piece of cartridge paper measuring 8x10
2. Use the pencil to draw something of your choice – an animal, an underwater scene, a flower, a
3. Use the crayon to color your picture. The crayons must be used heavily, with the artist pressing
down on them as hard as possible. Take note that the white crayons may also be used as this will be
highlighted when the paint goes on.
4. When all areas are covered with the wax crayon, set the work aside for a while.
5. Prepare a cup or pallet with watercolor paint.
6. Retrieve the artwork and use the brush to apply the paint all over the surface of the paper –
especially over the crayoned areas.
7. Allow it to dry thoroughly.
Wall Hanging using Discarded Tissue Roll
There are many things that may be done using discarded materials. Creating useful objects from
everyday things that are thrown away can be beneficial in saving the environment.
Discarded bottle caps, bottles, paper plates, tissue rolls, and juice boxes are just a few of the myriad of
things that may be used to create amazing, useful, and decorative items. People have used tires to create
bags, belts, shoes, and other useful and wearable things.
Tissue roll is the cylindrical cardboard roll that holds the paper towel or toilet tissue in place before and
during use. It is one of the most accessible materials, as millions of these rolls are discarded daily. It
comes in various sizes and lends itself to be used in a wide range of creative expressions.
Tissue rolls can be used to make pencil and pen holders, desk organizers, decorative wall hangings,
bracelets, Christmas ornaments and animal sculptures.
A decorative wall hanging will be made using tissue rolls cut in rings.
For this project you will need:
• tissue rolls ( as many as possible collected over time)
• spray paint or acrylic paint
Cut tissue rolls into rings, approximately four per roll.
Use four such rings to make a four petal flower.
Build on the basic flower by adding a ring between the points of the flower
Keep building until the desired size is reached.
Decide on a color or colors and use spray paint or acrylic paint to give a beautiful finish.
Mosaics is an art technique that uses small squares or pieces of stone, glass, tiles, or paper to create
images on a surface. These small pieces are fitted together like a puzzle with small spaces between
each piece. The small pieces are called tesserae.
Mosaics are generally found on walls or floors, but the technique can be explored on many other types
of surfaces including table tops, benches, wooden surfaces, etc.
Mosaics were very common in Rome, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Great Britain.
A mosaic of Jesus, done in the 6th century, at the St. Apollinare Nuovo in Europe
For this project we will be using paper instead of tiles, stone or glass.
• Brightly coloured magazines
• Bristol or cartridge paper
• Pencil for sketching design
• Yarn (optional)
Draw a picture of your choice, making it as simple as possible. Decide on the colour scheme of the
Tear pages from the magazine and organize pages according to colours, that is; all greens are placed
together, all reds together, all blues together, etc.
Cut papers in small squares, keeping the all like colours together. Decide on where the colours will go
and begin working from the middle of the design, adding squares and ensuring that there is space
between the squares. Upon completion you may decide to outline your work with a bit of yarn.
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