Educational Art Sites For Kids
The Artist’s Toolbox
Art in homeschools usually consists of drawing, craft kits and craft projects. These are all great ways to explore art and are easy for parents to implement.
Once in while, though, it’s a good idea to teach a little art theory. This is where The Artist’s Toolbox comes in.
The Artist’s Toolbox is a free site from The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It offers an illustrated art encyclopedia and movies of real artists in action. Best of all, though, is its exploration section.
The exploration section of the site has animated demonstrations on the tools of line, color, space, shape, balance and movement. After each demonstration your child can locate the use of the tool on real-life works of art and then create his own art using the same tool.
The Artist’s Toolkit is a easy-to-use site. Both you and your child will enjoy it.
I’m a big fan of teaching arts and crafts to kids. I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, and art projects provide one. Plus, art improves small motor skills.
Even if art just isn’t your “thing”, it’s still possible to provide a great program for your child. A wonderful website, called Kinder Art, has everything you need to create lesson plans for basic subjects like drawing, painting, sculpture, and much more. It also has lesson plans on more esoteric subjects such as architecture, textiles, folk art and multicultural art.
Kinder Art is virtually a one-stop resource for everything you’ll ever need in the art lesson department.
Crayola Creativity Center
Crayola Creativity Central is chock full of fun and inexpensive crafts for kids, educational materials for teaching and great reads for parents.
Obviously, at the center of the site are the 1000 + coloring pages. The coloring pages are divided into:
- Print and Celebrate (holiday and birthday related)
- Print and Color (a little of everything)
- Print and Craft (bookmarks, stand up animals, dioramas)
- Print and Play (science models, how to draw, fun facts)
- Print and Play (dot to dot, matching, word games)
Other Important Stuff:
The Games and Fun area has a card creator, certificate maker and over 20 ideas for outdoor games.
The Crayola Crafts section has tons of craft ideas utilizing Crayola products.
There are two extra bonus sections for educators and parents. The section for educators has curriculum ideas for young children, lesson plans and some nice printables. The parent’s section has printable travel games, lots of party planning freebies and an eight page pdf on encouraging creativity in kids.
Crayola Creativity Central is an absolute don’t-miss site. Even if your child doesn’t enjoy crafts there is still lots to read, print and do.