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©2017 By Nan Onkka

Quarantine Activities: Week 1

For the past week, I have been collecting art activities and sharing them in my Instagram stories. Here is a recap of what I shared this week. All of these activities are easy to do with the supplies you already have at home. You can find the original posts in my Instagram Story Highlights.


Taproot Coloring Book (Downloadable)

Source: Taproot Magazine

Supplies:

  • Printer (and printer paper)

  • Coloring supplies

Ages:

  • All ages! The pages are designed for a variety of abilities.

Why I Like It:

Taproot is one of my favorite magazines and these pages were designed by artists. Coloring is very meditative and can help us calm our minds during a stressful time!



Found Object Drawings

Source: @woodstockelementaryart

Supplies:

  • Found objects

  • Drawing supplies

Ages:

  • Pre-school to adult

Why I Like It:

This activity is fun for the whole family. For young artists who need more direction, grab an assortment of simple objects for them to choose from.


Fun fact: Rachael, the creator of this activity, was a grad school classmate of mine!



Cardboard Stencils

Source: @my.little.makes

Supplies:

  • Cardboard

  • Craft Knife

  • Markers, colored pencils, etc

  • Paper

Ages:

  • Pre-school to adult

Why I Like It:

The best part of this activity is that you can keep the stencils to use in the future. This is a great family activity if you have kids who aren't old enough to use a craft knife. Older helpers can cut the stencils, but all ages can use them! Too challenging for your kids? Use scissors to cut some simple shapes (triangles, circles, blobs, etc) out of cardboard and have them trace around the shapes. Mix and match stencils to create wrapping paper or posters!



Cardboard Faces

Source: @mrsh_artroom

Supplies:

  • Cardboard

  • Scissors and/or craft knife

  • Glue

  • Crayons, markers, etc

Ages:

  • Upper elementary to adult

Why I Like It:

Kids love making faces. They can be imaginary, silly, realistic, scary, the list goes on! For a connection to art history, look up the Cubist period. Young artists might need help cutting the cardboard. Encourage their creativity by cutting lots of different shapes, rather than a designated facial features.


Toddler Color Drop

Source: ppppizzazz

Supplies:

  • Cardboard tubes

  • Painter's Tape

  • Pom poms (colored pencils or crayons also work!)

Ages:

  • Toddler/Preschool

Why I Like It:

My 18 month old enjoys a simplified version of this activity with popsicle sticks and a single tube. A slightly older toddler can introduce color sorting, as pictured.


Art Choice Board

Source: @msavasartroom

Supplies:

  • Various Art Materials

Ages:

  • Upper Elementary/Middle School

Why I Like It:

This activity is great for independent learners who need a prompt to jumpstart their creativity. It is especially fun if they have a sketchbook to keep all the drawings together. To avoid rushed projects, it is helpful to make it a timed activity in which they have to fill the time (15 minutes, for example).


Cardboard Shelters

Source: @my.little.makes

Supplies:

  • Cardboard

  • Misc Art Supplies

  • Found objects

Ages:

  • Preschool and Elementary

Why I Like It:

Read the full post by @my.little.makes. It is such an amazing idea because kids love feeling helpful. A problem-solving project that has many possible solutions will engage your child longer. Most children will automatically create a story about the situation. Ask them to share their thoughts and explain their solution. Reflection is an important part of the artistic process!