Crafts for children: drawing and painting

Tasteful ideas for children to draw and paint with various paints and supports. Crafts for children are a great activity to do on vacation.

Children look forward to school vacations to enjoy and play free of routines, schedules and obligations; but with children’s crafts they can enjoy while learning without realizing it. Having children do crafts in their spare time is not only a great way to keep them entertained, but it also benefits their cognitive development.

Children’s crafts improve their attention and concentration and help them develop patience and perseverance. They also favor their creativity and improve their psychomotricity, in particular fine psychomotricity since they use their hands and fingers as tools.

Doing crafts improves children’s self-esteem and helps them express themselves and teach us how they see the world. There are endless ideas to develop crafts for children during the holidays, but I’m going to focus on an activity that children of all ages tend to like: drawing and painting.

Coloring Pages

With drawing children stimulate both hemispheres of the brain, they learn to value art and being a non-competitive activity, they improve their self-esteem enjoying their skills without fear of being classified as “winners” or “losers”.

Drawing also allows them to express their feelings, which will transform into shapes and colors.

For the little ones to be able to develop all their creativity by drawing, all you have to do is put different types of paints and paper suitable for their age.

Little ones will enjoy finger painting, although not all paint may end up on paper, so you have to make sure they are toxic-free finger paints and won’t harm their skin.

Sometimes children do not want to draw and prefer only to color drawings that are already printed. Coloring stimulates concentration and allows children to learn to ignore distractions in the environment.

It also helps them channel their emotions and calm down when they are too excited. On the internet you can find many pages where you can download and print sheets with your favorite characters. I leave you some links where you can find drawings to paint:

  • Princess Coloring Pages
  • Animal drawings for coloring
  • Christmas coloring pages
  • Kawaii Coloring Pages
  • A child draws with wax paints

And if you don’t have a printer, you can always turn to coloring books. Another alternative to the classic way of coloring pictures is to do it directly with the computer.

On the website you can find a lot of pictures to download and print, but also to color directly on the computer screen. Children will love it!

But you can not only paint on paper or on the computer, the offer of children’s paints is very varied and allows them to experiment with all kinds of materials.

Paint with bubbles

Using soap mixed with paints is also good for painting and the results are very fun and surprising.

Liquid soap and bubble soap or vegetable coloring are needed to color the soap. When the colored bubbles explode on the paper, the paint they contain form colored drawings. On the blog Our creative world you will find a more detailed explanation of this fun technique.

Making bubbles with soap is a lot of fun and painting with them is much more

Paint on stones

If you go to the country or to the beach this holiday, you can invite the children to collect stones and then paint them. To paint on stones can be used acrylic paints , tempera paints , permanent markers or special pens of those used to paint ceramic or glass.

It is important that before painting we wash the stones with soap and water and dry them very well. Once the drawing has dried, we can apply a layer of protective varnish to make it more durable.

Painting stones can be a very entertaining and enriching activity for children.
The stones painted by the children can be used as pictures to decorate, paperweights, fridge magnets, toys … They will love to play tic tac toe, dominoes or make up stories and if they have painted the tiles themselves to make these games double fun!

Paint in magic plastic

One of the handicrafts for children that may surprise them the most is to paint on magic plastic or shrink plastic. This material shrinks with the effect of heat, increasing its thickness and reducing its size by more than 50%.

In order for the plastic to shrink, it is necessary to use a homemade oven or a heat gun, so this part of the activity must be carried out or supervised by an adult! You will see that illusion makes them see their drawings transformed into key chains, magnets , bracelets, badges …

Paint on canvas

Another way to paint that children will enjoy a lot is to paint on canvas. You can paint a piece of cloth and transform it into a cushion to decorate your room, paint the cloth bag that they take to school with a snack or paint T-shirts and wear them during all the holidays.

With special fabric paints children can decorate their shirts
Special paints or markers can be used to paint on canvas , but we can also use other less conventional materials.

Paint on canvas with markers and alcohol

This way of painting has very attractive results and applying it on T-shirts we will have very original designs.

The technique basically consists of drawing with permanent markers and then applying a few drops of alcohol on top so that the drawing fades and the colors spread freely through the wet fabric. In the Fairies and Cuscus blog they have a tutorial with all the necessary explanations.

When the alcohol acts on the permanent markers the colors fade
I hope this article has inspired you and that making these crafts for children, all the kids enjoy their well-deserved vacations, unleashing their creativity.

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Children’s drawing is a means of communication and expression through which the child begins to be able to represent the reality that surrounds him. In the beginning, the drawing appears as part of the development of motor activity and the drawings are limited to reproducing the movements of the hand.

The relationship between play and drawing is very close as children enjoy expressing themselves through their drawings or experimenting with colors and shapes. During childhood, children spend a lot of time drawing as part of their playtime as it is a very enjoyable activity for them.

Drawing contributes to the development of 3 fundamental areas for the early development of the child: motor, cognitive and emotional .

By drawing, children learn to control their movements and are able to acquire adequate fine motor skills to develop future skills such as writing.

Drawing has an undoubted cognitive component since it allows children to reflect their understanding of the world and reality. In addition, it encourages creativity and imagination.

The affective aspect is very important, since in their drawings children can represent what worries them, what they want or the things that interest them. Drawing helps children to express emotions that they themselves would not be able to express with their words.

Children’s drawing goes through different phases:

The first children’s drawings consist of the so-called “scribbles” and take place around 18 months of age . These consist of repeating straight lines or curves that do not represent anything recognizable. At this age it is important not to ask children to draw or copy. The most important thing is to encourage them to draw on blank sheets so that little by little they experiment with the paints (first start with thick waxes and gradually introduce thinner pencils).

Between 2 and 3 years old , the child imitates horizontal and vertical lines, later it includes wavy lines and circles. From the age of 2 they try to represent or copy reality, but they still do not have enough skill for their drawings to have a representative resemblance.

Between 3 and 5 years , the child has already improved motor skills such as precision in the line or the correct grip of the pencil. In addition, when he draws he has a specific intention and names what he draws. Around 4-5 years of age they are able to draw some objects such as houses, trees and the human figure can already be distinguished, although disproportion is still seen in the parts.

From 6 to 8 years old , children try to bring their drawings closer to reality, they begin to include details and use colors.

From 9 to 12 years old the child has reached a motor maturity that allows his drawings to be more and more realistic. They begin to take into account aspects such as perspective, proportions and overlap.

Why is it important for children to draw?

At Kidáctica we consider drawing to be a fundamental educational tool, which is why every day we give children the opportunity to constantly create. Sometimes we can do it through joint murals, other times using it to work a story, also as individual free drawing… Through the drawings, we can interpret what they think, how they feel or how they see the world around them. Drawing helps them develop sensitivity and is a great way to work on their emotions .

We also enjoy displaying their work on our walls and murals. They are one more element of the decoration of the center and the children love to see that the things they do are valuable. Other times they take home the mural made in a group, each day a different child. This little detail helps them improve their self-esteem .

The creativity and imagination are essential pillars in the education of children. From a young age we have to stimulate their creative capacity, without setting limits and without correcting their drawings, assessing whether or not they resemble reality.

Marta García López
Psychopedagogical Department
KIDÁCTICA, learning and communication


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