Art is the most important skill a child can learn. It lets them express themselves largely without words and to develop their own unique style in whatever medium they choose. There are tons of art projects you can do with your children and we’ve compiled 20 of them here!
These arts and crafts ideas are geared towards kids ages 5-8 but you should always watch your child to make sure they’re emotionally capable (and safe) for any particular activity. Keep in mind that every child develops at their own pace so it’s worth trying at least one or two projects from every section
1. Construction Paper Crayons
Kids will have an amazing time decorating their own construction paper creations in class or at home using a variety of paint colors. The beauty of these construction paper crayons is that they’re cheap and easy to make, as well as environmentally friendly when made from recycled materials like newspaper or cardboard.
2. Make a Back to School Calendar
A Back to School Calendar is an important tool that many students use to plan their days, especially in 2nd grade. This calendar will helps your students remember what they need and when through a year-long calendar process.
3. Dot Paints
Dot Paints is a fun, easy way to introduce children to art. It’s only 45 minutes for a student to finish in four different colors, primarily for paintings and drawing.
4. FLOWER PAINTED ROCKS
Flower painted rocks seem like a fun activity to do with children. There are many different ways to make them and have fun. By making your own rock painting it is easy enough for children of all skill levels.
5. Cup Shark Craft
The Cup Shark Craft is the perfect 2nd grade art project. You will find cup shark crafts with all different variations, colorful backgrounds, and whimsical character designs that are sure to keep your students engaged and entertained!
6. Winter Birds Art
The winter birds project is a great activity for any grade! It provides an opportunity for students to work on their fine motor skills by having to connect the shapes with the crayons. With this project, students have many opportunities to discuss color and lines.
7. Sponge Sailboat Craft
The Sponge Sailboat Craft was an art project that I created. It’s a craft that is supposed to depict the different parts of a boat as if it was made out of sponges, which include the mast, rudder, and sails.
8. Handprint Animals
There are many types of animals that you can make out of a person’s handprints. This project is perfect for 2nd grade art class. Help kids stretch out their imagination and develop fine motor skills. Create individual animal creations that they can take home and share with family members and friends
9. Matisse-Style Collage
If you love collage art, then you might want to know about some of the best ideas for matisse-style art projects. Collage is a technique in which various materials are collected and assembled in order to make a composition. This creates an art piece that can be a single image or multiple pictures that tell a story with overlapping imagery.
10. String Pull Painting
String Pull Painting is a painting technique that combines the artistic qualities of both painting and drawing. As an art form, it has been around since at least the 16th century because of the popularity of grisaille paintings.
11. SNAIL ROCK CRAFT
Did you know that you can make beautiful art projects with snails? Snail Rock Craft is a unique, fun, and simple craft that kids of all ages will enjoy. All you need to make a snail rock is some construction paper, a pen or pencil, scissors, glue, and cute little plush or animal toy!
12. CHRISTMAS TREE ART
It’s Christmas time and this post is full of exciting and challenging art projects that can be completed in an afternoon. You might not think about Christmas trees as an artistic subject but there are some really interesting ideas here to get the creative juices flowing!
13. Valentine’s Day Hearts
If your kids have their heart set on making Valentine’s Day just a little bit different this year, then this post might be for you! Get ready to be amazed as your children make their own valentines hearts with the help of these crafts. The simple step-by-step instructions make it easy for kids to create these art projects, which will make it a great learning experience for them as well.
14. Make a Colorful Snail Art
Students will enjoy this colorfully creative art project! It takes a little time and patience, but it is so much fun to create. Snail art can be made with many different types of media like paper scraps, googly eyes, yarn, markers and more. There are some examples of other materials you can use for this project below for inspiration.
15. Fun Hand Art
This post is a great way to keep your kids entertained! Fun hand art projects are a great way to encourage children to develop their creativity and imagination.
16. Chick Craft
If you want to start a new school year with a new arts and crafts project, why not try one of these little chick crafts that are perfect for kids in 2nd grade and up? These crafts will make your students fall in love with school once again!
17. MONET CRAFT
Monet craft is an excellent way to introduce children to art and creativity. It can be very hard for children to find any art that they feel comfortable with, but this gives them a new way of expressing themselves in a creative way –- as well as introducing them to famous artists and encouraging their critical thinking skills in the process.
18. Fish Mosaics
Fish Mosaics is a new art project for kids. Kids of all ages can learn how to make beautiful mosaics with the work of nature’s most perfect creatures.
19. Texture Pumpkins
If you’re looking for some great Halloween-themed art projects, look no further than the pumpkin! Whether you have a whole pumpkin or just a few slices to work with, there are so many different things you can do with pumpkins to get creative.
20. Robots Craft
Ever since the first robots were made and put on display for the world to see how incredible they are, art and robots have been a huge part of creativity. Kids of all ages love to watch these bots do their thing. And when it comes time to create robot projects for kids, we need to make sure that they’re impressive enough to grab their attention.