Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Consideration was given for the editing and publishing of this article by Jenna Smith..
Simple arts and crafts projects are a good way for parents to spend quality time with children. Inspiration for these projects can be gleaned from looking at commercially available items such as those offered by Flagsonastick.com, which offers innovative and unique art ideas for kids and parents alike. Art projects inspired by seasons, holidays and special events can teach children science, civics, reading and math concepts.
1. Butterfly Switch Plate
Materials include: Plastic switch, sand paper, acrylic paint, glitter glue, hot glue, small pom-pom balls, googly eyes, black pipe cleaners and art paper.
Scrub the switch plate with the sand paper to texturize the surface before painting with acrylic paint. While waiting for the switch plate to dry, cut the art paper into a pair of wings. Encourage your child to decorate the wings with glitter and pom-poms. When the plate is ready, screw it back on. Explain to your child how the insect body can be made using a line of pom-pom balls down the middle.
Use hot glue to attach the body, the wings and the pipe cleaner antennae. Allow your child to direct the placement while you work the glue gun. The switch plate art project can be changed according to the seasons.
2. Colored Pencils Pen Holder
Materials include: A large, clean tin can, white paint, craft glue, mounting putty, box of sharpened colored pencils and strips of ribbon in different colors.
Use the white paint inside and outside the can as a base layer. When the paint is dry, help your child to wrap a strip of ribbon around the rim and the base for a border. Ask your child to attach the mounting putty evenly around the center of the can.
One at a time, attach the colored pencils to the putty working carefully to cover the can all the way around. When the can is fully enclosed with pencils, use another ribbon strip to make a bow around the pencils. The pencils can be pulled off as needed and reattached to the pen holder at clean-up time.
3. Personal Mail Box
Materials include: A large shoe box with a cover, scissors and glue, art paper, child’s artwork or colored magazine pages.
Cut a rectangular slit on top of the box. Ask your child to cover the box with art paper, art work or magazine pages leaving the slit clear of decorations. Personalize the box with your child’s name and use it to leave mail that he or she can open while you sort the mail at the end of the day. Doing your own projects is fun, easy, and you get a great piece of art at the end that you and your family can enjoy.