Art is a tool parents can use to bond with their child. Ensuring that the art activities you provide for your child are age appropriate is important. If a child’s development is too ahead of a project they will be bored. Excessive boredom leads to insecurity and disinterest. If a child’s developmental abilities are too behind a project then they will become discouraged. Discouragement leads to perfectionism and disinterest in trying new things. I’m frequently asked for art project ideas so this summer I am posting a few activities. Ill give a supply list, instructions, and suggested ages for each project. Of course a child’s individual abilities and interests should always be considered and is known best by the parent.
Suggested Ages 3-6 Years
1 tsp. washable tempera paint
1 cup of hot water
1/2 cup of cornstarch
squirt of dishwashing liquid
1 squirt bottle
1. Add cornstarch to one cup of hot water whisking to mix so that there are no clumps.
2. Add one teaspoon of washable tempura paint and a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Mix well.
3. Pour it into squirt bottles and shake well.
Kids can make designs and pictures on driveways, sidewalks, walls, ect. Consider spraying items down after use to avoid staining. And remember, keeping expectations low means more fun!