Updated: Nov 23, 2020
*This post was originally published by belively and Co
Things have gotten a little crazy around here recently and we are all looking for ways to stay grounded and calm in these uncertain times. For me, creating with my children each day is such a meditative and intentional way to connect. It doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. A simple invitation with paper and markers is all you need. Open the windows or head outside to let the fresh air and sounds of nature inspire you. Put on some tunes. A snack is always a good idea because it helps keep kids engaged for longer. If you are looking for a way to free up some time for yourself, these materials are also great for inspiring independent makers.
Here are some of our favorite supplies to have on hand:
Good quality water color paper
OOLY Switcheroo Markers
Sax / Jack Richeson Tempera cakes
Artist Loft Watercolor Set
Tempera paint sticks like Chunkies or Kwik Stix
Scrapbooking craft punchers
1+” tissue confetti circles
Crayola Quick Dry Earth Clay
And here are a few things we like to save around the house:
Old art projects
Fruit pouch tops
Paper towel rolls
A few helpful tips for setting up an art invitation:
Recycled materials make a great base for projects.
Old art projects can be cut up or craft punched to use as collage materials.
A clean space with organized materials is much more inviting to a child (I have to remind myself of this often!).
Mixed media always has cool results. Think Chalk-O-Rama or crayons with water colors. Markers and tempera sticks with collage materials like tissue confetti or cut up artwork. Clay and cut flowers.
Pull out some materials and try to think outside of the box. For example, take your tempera cakes out of the tray and putting them on plates with a small amount of water. Your kiddos can pick up the cake and paint right on the paper with it.
Keep it simple. If it’s too complicated or takes too much time you won’t want to do it again.
Designate an old sheet or table cloth as your art mat. Always put it on the table or floor before getting started to keep mess contained.
Set it up when your kids aren’t around. Suggest they go play for a while, give them a snack or put on a cartoon.
Lets get creating!