101 Frugal Ways To Share Art With Kids

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101 Frugal Ways To Share Art With Kids

Sharing art with children can be not only fun, but inexpensive as well. Here are 101 frugal (or free!) ways to help a child come to love the world of art and crafting as much as you do.

Participate In Com­mun­ity Res­our­ces

1. Free Days at Museums
2. Art Badge from Scouts (PDF)
3. 4H Projects (sewing, photography)
4. Free Library Programs

Read Great Books (free if from the library)

5. You Can Draw Marvel Characters
6. Draw Your Own Manga by H. Nagatoma
7. How To Draw People by Susie Hodge
8. Landscapes by Ian Sidaway
9. Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book
10. How To Draw Animals by Susie Hodge
11. Oodles of Doodles by Mike Artell
12. Kids Draw Dinosaurs by Christopher Hart
13. Experiments With Impressionism
14. Priscilla Hauser’s Decorative Painting
15. Let’s Rock! by Linda Kranz
16. Pablo Picasso by Andrew Langley
17. Pastels by John Blockley
18. You Can Paint Pastels by Marie Blake
19. Edgar Degas (Getting to Know Artists)
20. Painting With Tempera by Paige Henson
21. Easy Origami by Didier Boursin
22. Under the Sea Origami
23. Step by Step Origami by Clive Stevens
24. Origami Toys
25. Crochet by Jane Davis
26. The Busy Mom’s Book of Quick Crafts
27. Little Hands Create! by Mary Dall
28. Big Book of Kids’ Crafts (BH & G)

Learn By Doing

29. Study Cartooning
30. Fold Some Origami Projects
31. Build With Cardboard
32. Learn Computer Graphics
33. Decorate Cakes & Cupcakes
34. Paint With Watercolors
35. Make Some Handmade Paper
36. Create Paper Mache Projects
37. Sew A Life Size Doll
38. Sculpt a Model of Your Home
39. Design a Flower Garden
40. Craft With Recycled Plastic
41. Draw With Colored Pencils
42. Wreck a Wreck This Journal
43. Bind a Book or Two
44. Master Calligraphy
45. Hand Print Your Own Posters
46. Take Up Weaving

Explore Interactive Sites

47. Inside Art
48. Portrait For Kids
49. Art Safari Learning Activity
50. Picturing The 1930’s
51. Odyssey Learning
52. Meet Me At Midnight
53. Artie’s House
54. Interactive Color Wheel
55. The Dutch House Online
56. Lizzie Visits A Sculpture Garden
57. Design A Greek Pot
58. Explore A Victorian Painting
59. Learn About Landscapes
60. Destination Modern Art
61. Bottlecaps To Brushes
62. Buffalo Hide Painting
63. Art Lab
64. African Life Through Art
65. A. Pintura Detective
66. Explore Color
67. Inside Art Learning Activity
68. Explore Pop Art
69. Exploring Perspective
70. Cuboom
71. Wondermind
72. Barbara’s Garden
73. Art Connected
74. Be The Curator
75. Vision And Art
76. What Is A Print?
77. Mr. Picasso Head
78. Art Detective
79. Detail Detectives

Download Free Art Software

80. Stykz Animation Program
81. Paint.NET (Photoshop clone)
82. PhotoScape (photo editing)
83. TuxPaint (drawing program)

Play With Free Art Toys

84. Silk Drawing Toy
85. Build Your Own Kaleidoscope
86. The Scribbler
87. Create Your Own Flowers
88. Snowflake Toy
89. Dotshop
90. The Artist’s Toolkit
91. Still Life
92. Brushster Online Activity
93. Jungle Interactive
94. Flow Interactive Activity
95. The Swatchbox
96. RiverRun Interactive Toy
97. Wallover Toy (favorite)
98. PaintBox Interactive
99. 3-D Twirler Interactive Toy
100. Collage Machine
101. Interactive Mobile
102. Pixel Face Interactive Toy

Watch Some Videos

103. Arts And Crafts Videos
104. Art For Kids Hub

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Q&A: High School Science

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4270464593_bc2cc20953_osource: Brian Jones

Question: I have a 15 year old son and I am afraid I won’t be able to teach him science when he gets to high school age.  I never went to college and my husband doesn’t have the time to help.  Do you have any ideas?

Answer: Homeschooling a high schooler is a lot harder than homeschooling other age groups.  High school  sciences are difficult for many parents to handle unless they have a college degree or were excellent students in high school. There are ways of getting around this though.

The easiest subjects for non-scientific parents to teach are astronomy, earth science and biology because they don’t require a lot of math.  There are many good textbooks for these subjects available on amazon.  Just read the reviews to look for books that are clearly written and easy to understand.

Chemistry and physics are quite a bit harder because of the math involved.  If you feel your child must learn these subjects, find out if there are any homeschooling classes available.  In Baltimore, where I homeschooled for many years, parents organized a private chemistry class at a local community college.

If no homeschooling class is available, there are several books that have a reputation for being very good: Physics the Easy Way by Robert L. Lehrman, Basic Physics by Karl F. Kuhn and Chemistry by Clifford C. Houk.  Try to get your local bookstore to order them, but take a long look at them before heading to the cash register.  If you run into trouble, hire a tutor occasionally to explain things.

To round out your science program, investigate some of the science kits that are available.  Any well stocked educational toy store or web site should have several choices of chemistry, electricity and robotics kits.  Even Toys “R” Us has some good kits and equipment for a very reasonable price.

The information in the above paragraphs explains the correct way to deal with high school sciences.  However, my son and I didn’t do it this way.  I will publish an article on how we did science in a future post.

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