Connecting Kids to Art Through Picture Books

Literature based art ideas for you and your family

How to Entertain Kids At Home

Guess what? It's not really your job to entertain your kids.

You are responsible for keeping them safe and healthy. You need to care for their needs emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. You need to guide them and discipline them.

But you do not need to entertain them.

Here are some ideas for guiding them on spending their time well:

  • Set up Daily Household or Personal Chores

    for them to do that are age appropriate and easily accomplished in a 15-30 minute time frame. Here are a few examples:
    • making their beds
    • brushing teeth
    • emptying the trash
    • emptying/loading the dishwasher
    • picking up their rooms
    • here's a link for more ideas: Age Appropriate Chores
  • Set up a routine for Seasonal Tasks for after personal chores are done

     This is what I mean:
    • During the school year, all school aged kids have school work to do, whether from a homeschool model or traditional going to school model, or distance learning model. Help them get set...
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Top Ten Favorite Art Supplies

I love to share the art supplies that have worked best in my experiences with kids and art. Here is my quick beginner list to have around for your kids to be able to get creative in a moment's notice.

Here are a few of my favorite things! (This list contains affiliate links)

  1. Crayola Crayons- (And have you read this book all about their invention? Dan the Crayon Man by Natascha Biebow)
  2. Oil Pastels- These are thick and easy to color and blend with. You can also find them in skinnier sticks. I like the thick ones because they are easy for kids to hold.
  3. Prismacolor Colored Pencils or Crayola Colored Pencils- Prismacolors are wonderful, but it's fine to start with Crayolas. Prismacolors make great gifts for the child who is very interested in drawing and coloring.
  4. Crayola Tempera Paint- This paint can be mixed together to make more colors. It is thicker than plain "washable" paint, that is frustrating to paint with because it is so thin. Bigger bottles and more...
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