I’m sure most of us remember taking our handprint and turning it into a turkey every year at this time as kids. It was such fun to color the turkey and decorate it. We looked forward to decorating our Thanksgiving table with our masterpiece. Did you know there are tons of other art projects you can do with handprints? Even a quick search on Pinterest brings up a multitude of ideas! One of my favorites features the cut out handprint of daddy in one color, mommy’s hand print cut out of another color and then a child’s handprint in a different color. Each of these is then layered on top of each other with daddy’s on the bottom. What a wonderful keepsake that speaks of family unity!
Going back to our Thanksgiving theme, you could use brown construction paper to make a tree on your wall. Then use hand print cutouts to put leaves on your tree. Have each of your Thanksgiving Dinner guests write what they are thankful for on a leaf or even more than one.
Many kids love to draw. You can help your child turn scribbles into pictures by teaching them that all drawings start as basic shapes and details are added to those shapes to make a complete picture. For example, here is a small instruction on how to draw a panda bear. As you can see the first few steps are simply drawing a series of different sized circles and eventually erasing lines and filling in with color.
Next have your child pick out a picture of something else, another animal would work. From that picture, have your child explain what main shapes they see and what smaller shapes they see as details. Have them practice with a few pictures of different things and they will see their drawing skills get better and better! As your child gets the hang of drawing, start having them use different items to draw with- lead pencil, colored pencil, chalk, crayon- do they notice a difference in their drawing based on what they are using to draw with?
Open your eyes and you see all of the beautiful colors all around us! Color brightens our day, it makes things more exciting, more beautiful and FUN!
Have your children start out by making their own color wheel:
Discuss the difference between warm and cool colors,and introduce primary, secondary and tertiary colors:
Next show your child how colors are made by mixing them with other colors. The most fun way to do this is to allow your child to mix paint!
Primary Colors: A set of colors used to make other colors. Example: Red
Secondary Colors: Colors made by mixing two primary colors. Example: Green
Tertiary Colors: Colors that are made by mixing a primary and a secondary color. Example: Yellow Orange
Using an art curriculum is a great way to help your child learn the basics of art, including colors! A great online art program will explain art lessons, show the method and allow the kids to do it too!