Little artist spaces

Support your little artists by creating easy spaces for drawing and painting around the home.

Painting and drawing allows children to be imaginative and creative and helps them to communicate ideas and feelings. Creating an art space in the home can be done with very few supplies, providing a welcoming space where your child will feel safe in experimenting and trying new ideas.

Involve your child in creating their art space. You can designate an art space by laying an old blanket or newspaper sheets on the floor (this will also protect your floor from messy craft materials). An easel can be made by tying string through a piece of cardboard and hanging it from the fence or sticking it to the side of a box, and a mixing tray from an old container lid.

Encourage your child to help organise and manage their art materials, using old containers, jars or cartons to store paints, brushes and pens. Getting involved in organising their materials helps your child learn to take responsibility and show care for their belongings. Having materials organised also makes it easier when packing away and cleaning up (check out some packing up tips here).

You might want to create a folder to keep artwork in by stapling or tying together two pieces of cardboard, or create an ‘art wall’ to display your child’s art by pegging art up on a length of string.

Image Child wears a smock as they paint on an easle outdoors

 

Published — 05 September 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016