Bust out your paint brushes, watercolors, markers, and crayons! October is National Arts & Humanities Month, a month-long celebration that aims to encourage people to participate in the arts and raise awareness of the role the arts and humanities play in our communities. Get in the artistic spirit and share your passion for the arts with your child through hands-on, kid-friendly art projects from Creativity Catapult, the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s online library of creativity-boosting activities.
Create a work of art using unconventional painting tools such as toy cars and wheels! Your child can dip cars and wheels into various colors of paint and roll it over a large sheet of white paper to make their own masterpiece.
Make a handmade puzzle using popsicle sticks, masking tape, paint, and markers. This activity helps children develop creative thinking skills through pattern recognition.
Turn a crazy squiggle shape into a drawing! Kids are challenged to think visually by creating a drawing based on an abstract line and then telling a story about their artwork.
Draw funny cartoons to go with captions! Children must pick from a list of captions and then draw a cartoon that is funny when paired with the caption.
More Activities for Kids
Visit CreativityCatapult.org, the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s online collection of free activities that promote creativity development in children ages 2 to 14. The free resource features 80 activities that can be filtered by age, topic, number of participants, level of difficulty, duration of time, and skill.