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Children are creative creatures that just love ways to express themselves through art. Here are some tried and true child art project ideas to try on a rainy Saturday afternoon that will surely delight your child.

Salt Map Dough
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 ½ cups water
Mix all ingredients. On floured surface roll to 1/4" thick.
Cut out or use Longaberger cookie molds.
Use a toothpick or straw to make hole for hanging.
Place on cookie sheet bake at 200 for 2 hours. Paint and decorate when cool.

Homemade Gook Dough (uncooked)
What you need:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbs. cooking oil
1 to 1 ½ cups cold water
food coloring
What to do: 1. Mix flour, salt, oil, 2. Add food coloring to water, 3.
Gradually add water to flour mixture, 4. Knead, 5. Store in a plastic bag in
the refrigerator

Homemade GookDough (cooked)
What you need:
4 cups water
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbs. cooking oil
4 Tsp. cream of tartar
food coloring
What to do: 1. Combine ingredients, 2. Cook in electric skillets, stirring
constantly, until most of the moisture is absorbed, 3. Store in a covered
container (does not need to be refrigerated)

Fruit Fest
An apple or two, some poster board, and paints is all you need for this child art project and afternoon of fun. (This child art project requires the use of a knife, which should be used by the adult helper).
1. Slice an apple in half, then divide the halves into different sized wedges. For added texture, cut designs into the bottom of each wedge. (Get really adventurous when doing child art projects with your child, try replacing apples with torn pieces of sponge.)
2. Dip apple wedges into poster paint or water colors. Then, stamp paint patterns with the apple wedge onto the poster board. Use lots of different colors and wedge shapes in this child art project, try using a different wedge for each paint color. Play around by using the eraser end of a pencil to add dots, a paint brush for lines or even your fingers for some funky textures.
Viola! When the painting is finished, you and your young friends will be amazed by the wonderful child art project and interesting designs you’ve created!

Crazy Crayon Scratches
This is one of the most fun, quick and easy child art projects.
1. Mix up some black poster paint with a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Use the mixture to paint over an entire crayon drawing (bright colors work best) and allow it to dry.  
2. Use a pointed or edged object (ball-point pen cap, popsicle stick, etc.) to scratch a design in the crayon, removing some of the black paint but leaving the crayon colors showing through. Aren't these child art projects fun!
3. As far as child art projects go, you and your child will have a blast transforming your plain crayon pictures into psychedelic masterpieces. Be sure to press firmly to make funky patterns, shapes, lines, etc.

Go Fly a Kite!
Anyone can buy a kite, but undertaking one of the child art projects, and making your own adds a special dimension for young aviators. Try this fun kite-making child art project and let your imagination soar. After all, the sky’s the limit!1. Decorate a plain brown grocery bag using crayons, markers, paint, etc. This will become the "body" of the kite, so get jazzy and have some fun with your design.
2. Punch a hole in each corner of the bag (open end). Reinforce the holes with heavy tape or hole reinforcements from your local office supply store.
3. Using two lengths of string about 2-3 feet long, thread each end through one of the holes in the bag and tie. You should end up with two loops. Thread another piece of string through both of the other string loops, and then tie off. Gauge the length of the string by how high you want the kite to fly - try starting off with about 3 feet. You can always add more string later.
4. Add finishing touches to your child art projects kite design such as tails made from streamers, paper chains, ribbons, etc.
5. Go outside and fly away! Run against the wind, hold the kite string and let the air carry your child art projects creation up, up (and hopefully not away!)

Paper Towel Magic Flute
Kids love to make music, especially when they’re doing it with an instrument they’ve constructed themselves. Here’s a terrific way to acquaint children with the flute.1. Punch 3 holes in the top of a paper towel roll.
2. Place a small sheet of wax paper over one end of the paper towel, and wrap a rubber band around it tightly.
3. To complete, and ad interest to your child art projects appearance, paint the outside of the flute.
4. Now, the flute is ready to be "played". Hum into the roll and cover l, 2, or 3 openings at a time on their flute. Have fun noticing the differences in tones while moving your fingers around the top of the flute openings.

Native American Crafts - a new wrinkle
Here are several fun and interesting child art projects featuring Native American craft to do with your children. The cool "wrinkle" is that all these child art projects are made using material that your child creates from scratch. Use the "Basic Faux Leather" recipe below to create the material and then move on to the child art projects and crafts.

Basic Faux Leather Recipe
This process is lots of fun for children and takes about 5-7 minutes.
1. Wipe a large brown grocery bag with a damp sponge to soften paper. (Use water sparingly.)
2. Gently crumple the shopping bag into a large ball, over and over again. The crumpling process softens the paper and creates the appearance of faux leather or rawhide. The end result will be a textural surface similar to suede or softened rawhide. The following child art projects can be made from the Faux Leather.

Buffalo Storytelling Cloth
The early Native Americans used Buffalo Hides to illustrate their hunting adventures. These child art projects encourage children to use their imagination to create narrative art works utilizing Native American symbols.
1. Tear an irregular shape of Faux Leather from your supply of "rawhide."
2. Punch holes on the sides of the "Buffalo Hide," and attach dangling suede leather laces or, use paper bag strips to create leather-like strips.
3. Create a story about your adventures and illustrate it symbolically on the hide using pictographs. This creates one of the most interesting, and almost heirloom like pieces of the child art projects!

Arrow (Pencil) Canister
Every "Brave" needs a place to store important papers (and child art projects ) and this Native American Carry-Along is a great way to create your own. You will need a paper towel cardboard holder for this project.
1. Cut or tear a piece of faux leather from your supply.
2. Wrap a piece of Faux Leather around an empty paper towel roll, leaving a long enough piece at one end to fold and staple closed. The faux leather piece should be long enough to extend at least two inches from the top. Cut this excess into fringe.
3. Punch a hole into both ends and string a piece of jute long enough to create a handle for your child art projects canister.
4. Glue feathers or leaves to canister and paint or color this most unique of all child art projects piece with Native American pictographs. Now you've got a "um heap" good place to store pencils.

Native American Beads
1. Cut strips of old magazines into 2" x 6" strips.
2. Wind the strips in a circular motion around a popsicle stick or wooden dowel to create a circular bead and glue the strips at the end.
3. Then slide the dried beads off the stick. Work till you've got a pile of beads so you can move on to this child art projects grand finale.
4. Design Native American jewelry by stringing beads on yarn or jute.

Native American Vest
This is the most popular of all the child art projects Native American Projects and is great for dress-up.
1. Using a grocery bag with the large flap in front, cut the center straight up until you reach the large flap.
2. Cut a round half circle through the flap area to form a collar for your vest.
3. Open up the sides of the paper bag and cut two arm holes, one on each side of the bag.
4. Turn the paper vest "inside-out," and crumple the vest until it looks like leather.
5. Use beads, feathers, leaves, and pictographs to customize your vest. Of all the child art projects, your child is going to love this one the most!
6. Punch holes in the front and tightly fasten pieces of jute from hole openings. Let the pieces of jute dangle from the vest.

Flower Pressing
Finally, a use for the dictionary that your kids will enjoy...a child art projects flower press!
1. Choose flowers with petals which are in good condition. Flat, thin flowers work best.
2. Lay a sheet of wax paper down, followed by a piece of white paper. Arrange a few flowers, cutting stems if they are too long. Try putting flowers in a "V" shape or line them up like fence posts. It's okay for the flowers to overlap a little as long as they don't get too thick.
3. When finished arranging, place another piece of wax paper on top and carefully slide inside a fat book like a dictionary or phone book. Then, pile a few other heavy books on top for good measure.
4. Here’s this child art projects hardest part: wait about two weeks and then remove from the stack. You’ll know your flowers are dried is they are stiff enough to stand up by themselves.5. Enjoy! You can use the pressed flowers to make cards, bookmarks, notepapers, or just about 10,000 other imaginative child art projects. Use a very light coat of glue or some spray adhesive to adhere your flowers to other surfaces.

Leaf Rubbings
Leaf rubbings are easy fun, even for very young children.
1. Gather some interesting and differently shaped leaves while on a nature walk.
2. Working on a hard surface, turn the leaf upside down with the veins are on top. Lay a piece of thin tracing paper over the leaf.
3. Remove the paper from a broken crayon. Using a sideways motion, rub the crayon across the leaf until the shape of the leaf appears on the paper. It's okay to go "outside the lines."
4. Repeat with the other leaves, spreading them around the paper in an interesting design.
You can label the leaf rubbings with the names of the leaves you used and put the paper in a nature journal or you can display the finished picture as child art projects artwork. Create your own child art projects wrapping paper by using a large piece of tissue paper for your rubbings. Remember, whenever you need fun play clothes for your child, or even special occasion or school outfits, come back to! You'll find really wonderful baby jewelry and baby gifts here. Just go down to the navigation buttons at the bottom of this page to shop all of our beautiful child and baby products.


Child Art Project Recipies

Homemade GookDough (uncooked)

What you need:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbs. cooking oil
1 to 1 1/2 cups cold water
food coloring


What to do:

1. Mix flour, salt, oil
2. Add food coloring to water
3. Gradually add water to flour mixture
4. Knead
5. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator

Homemade GookDough (cooked)

What you need:
4 cups water
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbs. cooking oil
4 Tsp. cream of tartar
food coloring


What to do:

1. Combine ingredients
2. Cook in electric skillets, stirring constantly, until most of the moisture is absorbed
3. Store in a covered container (does not need to be refrigerated)

Finger Paint (uncooked)

What you need:
1/2 cup liquid starch
1/2 cup soap powder
5/8 cup water


What to do:

1. Beat together to achieve the consistency of whipped potatoes

Finger Paint (cooked)

What you need:
2 cups flour
4 cups cold water
food coloring or dry tempera


What to do:

1. Mix flour and water and cook over low heat until thick
2. Cool
3. Add a pinch of salt
4. Add dry tempera or food coloring, if desired
5. Store in covered jar in refrigerator

Slime (like "Silly Putty")

What you need:
1 cup Elmer's glue
liquid starch


What to do:

1 add starch to glue until mixture becomes a pliable ball
2. Store in refrigerator in a covered container

Soap Paint

What you need:
Warm water
3 cups Ivory Snow
Powder paint or food coloring


What to do:

1. Add water, a little at a time, to Ivory Snow
2. Mix to consistency of heavy cream
3. Color with small amount of powder paint or food coloring



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