Creating an environment in which your child can let loose with their creativity is great for kids and parents alike. Kids love to get messy and let their imaginations run wild and parents are happy for them to do so as long as the mess is contained in some way.
In the warmer months the artistic experiences can be held outdoors making it easier for everyone involved. Paint smocks work well to cover the clothing and newspaper can be laid down on the cement, tiles or grass to catch any miscellaneous paint splatters.
Painting can be such fun and can allow for a lot of experimentation with objects other than just paint and brushes. How about some bubble painting for example? Mix some paint into some bubble blowing mixture or dishwashing detergent and put into an open top container. Gently place the paper on top of the bubbles and take off to reveal the impressions left by the bubbles.
Finger painting is a lot of fun, as is hand painting. Handprints can be turned into a variety of things including flowers, trees, animals and people. Or let them try their hand at stamping with potatoes. Cut out some fun shapes in the potatoes and let them stamp up their creations.
Take advantage of being outdoors. Go for a nature walk and collect items which will work well with their art – leaves, flowers and sticks for example. These can be used with the paint to create some great natural effects in their art.
If you are looking for some more artistic and creative ideas – check out these kid’s art projects by Martha Stewart. You never know you might be able to create some interesting art pieces yourself in the process.