Autumn. It’s a time of holidays, leaves in the streets, and extended holidays while we self-isolate. Rumours are swirling right now that some schools may even extend the holidays. Regardless of the dates of your child’s break from the books, one thing is certain – little people need plenty to do to keep busy, and the best way to keep your ‘rug-rats’ out of mischief is to ignite their imagination. Getting creative with an Art & Craft project (or several) is a great idea, but if you’re unsure where to start – don’t worry, here's a list of things you could easily do in the comfort of your own home.
Seeing is be-leafing
It’s Autumn, so why not use it as a theme to educate your children about the change of the seasons? Get them to cut out the shape of a paper tree and stick it down, then decorate it with leaves either cut to match those near your home or better still, take the kids on a leaf hunt for your own arty-artefacts to a nearby forested area – but only if it’s really nearby and you won’t expose anybody else to your activity. More tips on this one can be found by clicking here.
Just add water
An art project need not be expensive. Many homes have the ever-popular Crayola markers tucked away in pencil cases for a rainy day. What you might not realise about these pointed, stubby markers is that with a little water, your children can create dramatic watercolour effects with them. Achieving this is easy, simply draw out on an area, then use a brush or even a zip lock bag of water to moisten the area and make the colours run. More tips on this one can be found by clicking here.
'Hole' lot of fun
At many craft or fabric stores, and even online, you’ll find hole-punches. They cut oversized shapes into card and some even come in different shapes. Line up scraps of paper, newspaper and old magazines, along with a piece of cardboard as a backing and some paper glue and get your kids to create a modern masterpiece. More tips on this one can be found by clicking here.
Brush with nature
Natural items from your backyard or local park, such as sticks, branches and leaves make fantastic textural paint brushes. Get your kids outside to find their own distinctive implements and see what can happen. With a bunch of evergreen leaves, a stick and some string tightly knotted to bind it together, you’ll have a great brush the kids can use with poster paints for highly distinctive artworks. More tips on this one can be found by clicking here.
Chalk up a win
Floating chalk prints rock. They’re bright, colourful and simple to make. You’ll need chalk pastels from a local art store, A4 paper, a shallow tub of water, a plastic knife to scratch out shavings and a place to lay your prints flat to dry later. Just fill the tub, get the kids to select colours and scratch shavings from pastels into the tub, and then lay the paper over the top. More tips on this one can be found by clicking here.
Even the least artistic child will find something to build, create and admire in the ideas above. For further hints, ideas and inspo, you can also explore your crafty options here, here and also here.