There are kids who will sit for hours and draw or colour and then there are the kids that won’t! My older kids had the attention span to sit and work on more serious art projects. Being that they were my only children at the time, I naively thought that sit-down art projects would work for all kids!
Then of course my other kids came along and I got another life lesson in how unique each child is. Some of my younger kids cannot sit for long periods of time and do not have the attention span or interest to do a traditional art project. There may be a reason your kids can’t sit still but regardless of the reason, you still need to find ways for them (and you) to cope.
I could have given up on the idea, but I think that exposure to art is important for kids plus I am stubborn (!) so I have found ways that my active kids can still experience hands-on art. We do a lot of large art projects and I’m always looking for ways to add gross movement into our artwork or to do things outdoors.
Here are some ideas for you if you have fidgety or active kids who would rather throw or stomp or run than sit and paint. With some of these, they can do it all!
Art Activities for Active Kids:
Cotton Ball Painting from here on The Chaos and The Clutter
Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting from Mess for Less
Painting with Dandelions from Teaching Mama
Window Painting from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Nature Weaving from here on The Chaos and The Clutter
Catapult Painting from Fun a Day
Shaken Container Paintings from What Do We Do All Day
Rolling Pin Art for Toddlers from I Can Teach My Child
Paint Filled Water Balloons from Our Little House in the Country
Rubber Band Painting from Reading Confetti
Fly Swatter Painting from Munchkins and Moms
Shaving Cream Polka Dot Sidewalk Painting from here on The Chaos and The Clutter
Bouncey Balloon Painting from Picklebums
Sidewalk Chalk and Water Activity from Happy Hooligans
Painting with Water Balloons from Reading Confetti
Marble Painting from Teach Preschool
Ice Painting from here on The Chaos and The Clutter
added later: Bubble Paint Body Slam from here on The Chaos and The Clutter
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