There are many household items supplemented by inexpensive outside sources that could be used to create an Artbazz home art projects. Dollars stores are great places to find inexpensive art supplies year-round. Construction paper, poster paper, paint, paintbrushes, pens, colored pencils, markers, crayons, glue, play dough and pipe cleaners can all be found at the local Dollar store. Even things you find outside such as leaves, sticks, flowers, rocks, sand can be used in projects.
Look around your house and you may find things designed for recycling can be used in art projects. Old magazines, plastic containers, paper products, yarn, cookie cutters and left over decorating supplies in your home can inspire your children to create art.
It is best to give children a theme or idea based on their interest or an upcoming holiday and let them run with it. Children see the world differently from adults and placing out supplies and giving them an idea can yield surprising results. I use household products and Dollar store finds to create a judged art project for my preschool class. I handed out multi-colored pipe cleaners to the class and asked them to use them in a poster. They were fascinated by the properties of the pipe cleaners that make them flexible and feel fuzzy. They decided to create jewelry with the pipe cleaners in various shapes.
Another project consisted of cookie cutters, a rolling pin and play dough. The play dough was rolled out on a smooth surface with a rolling pin and the cookie cutters were used to create shapes. The play dough shapes were allowed to dry (1-2 days) until they got hard. The pieces were glued on large poster papers.
Teaching children art at an early age helps mental development and is a safe form of creative expression. We would love to hear about your home art projects in the comment section below.
Artbazz Children’s Editor