“Children are naturally creative. It’s our job to give them the freedom, materials, and encouragement to let their creativity blossom.” – Jean Van’t Hul

As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming long weekend, I’ve noticed many of you expressing your desire for engaging ways to keep your budding artists entertained at home or while enjoying some cottage time.

Well, I’ve got the ultimate solution that’s not only a blast but also sparks creativity, fosters learning, and won’t break the bank. Behold, a curated list of 10 fantastic activities for you to embark upon with your tiny humans during this long weekend!

1. Finger Painting: Set up a finger painting station with washable paints and large sheets of paper for your child to create colorful and tactile masterpieces.

2. DIY Playdough: Make homemade playdough together using flour, salt, water, and food coloring. Children can sculpt all sorts of fun shapes and creatures.

3. Paper Plate Crafts: Get creative with paper plates by turning them into masks, animals, or colorful sun catchers using paint, markers, and other craft supplies.

4. Nature Collages: Collect leaves, twigs, and flowers from your backyard or a local park and use them to create beautiful nature collages on cardboard or paper.

5. Cardboard Box Creations: Transform old cardboard boxes into forts, castles, cars, or spaceships by adding paint, markers, and other decorations.

6. Storytelling and Illustration: Encourage your child to write and illustrate their own story. They can make a mini book with drawings and text.

7. Upcycled Art: Gather recyclable materials like egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, and cereal boxes to craft unique and eco-friendly creations.

8. Tie-Dye T-Shirts: Use fabric dye or even food coloring to create colorful tie-dye patterns on plain white T-shirts. Kids will love the vibrant results.

9. Puppet Making: Craft puppets from socks, paper bags, or old gloves, and then put on a puppet show with your child as the director and actor.

10. Outdoor Chalk Art: If you have a sidewalk or driveway, let your child’s imagination run wild with sidewalk chalk to create colorful drawings and games.

These fun and artful activities for children are not only educational, and entertaining but also cost efficient – these activities will help the child develop important motor skills, enhance their imaginations, and add to their creative expression. 

Enjoy a merrymaking and artistic long weekend with your budding artists!

Until Then,
The Art Teacher