Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso
I love teaching children. I've taught in public schools, parochial schools, summer camps, and even at a greenhouse for an art and science course, teaching children to become better observers by drawing their natural environment. Given that I love working with children and see what inspires them to make, it should come as no surprise that I've developed a Pinterest board that now has 22,000+ followers. (Holy Moly and thank you!) I bring it up now as there are many ideas on it for children to make and do over the holiday break, to calm the worst of the antsy pantsys. And who knows they may become inspire to make a present for Santa???
Finger knitting is a great one for the car while not the way to the grandparents. I had some yarn in my bag as I traveled to Chicago by Amtrak. One little 6 year old was bored in the worst way. Some yarn and some fingers can make magic. To learn how, take a look at my directions on how to finger knit a blanket
Get them ready for the spring, here is an easy one to make while you upcycle old magazines and caltalogs with buttons from the button box.
Let them make their own thank you notes for gifts received. This is an article I wrote for Illustration Friday.
As a basic bak up, print out a few of these mandalas and allow them to color.