With sheltering in place and social distancing guidelines in effect, many schools closed and some childcare options unavailable, many children are spending more time at home than usual.
Here are some great family-oriented art activities to ease children’s fears and anxiety as well as keep them actively engaged during this time. Process Art to Help Ease Childhood Anxiety Process art is open-ended, totally driven by the child and can alleviate anxiety about the Covid-19 virus. Your child may wish to work with pencil, crayons, paint or other materials with few expectations on the end result.
Stained Glass with Sidewalk Chalk
You can make this chalk art design by placing tape on the ground in fun geometric designs. Let the kids make it by giving each child a long strip of painters tape and letting them make the next line...jump in if they need a little direction or help. Next, give them different colors of sidewalk chalk ...the more the merrier. Then, let each child color a square until you have a beautiful stained glass chalk design. This is chalk art at its finest.
Painting with Nature
Go on a nature walk with your child and collect “natural paintbrushes”: twigs, stems, leaves, etc. Place these in a tray. Make a paint tray with various paints. Give your child a long piece of paper and watch him/her explore and create.
In addition to the above activities, there are many other activity ideas for kids during Covid-19
This article was prepared by:
Eva Postma, MOTAL Board Member
Museum of Teaching and Learning
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