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.
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 Dibujos.net 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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