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Fun Ways to Learn Art

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Here are 10 fun ways to keep kids from toddlers to teens entertained while out of school.

  • Day trip adventure: Meagan Buckmaster-Ross of Duvall, WA is an art teacher and author of the parenting blog An Adventure Every Day. Buckmaster-Ross, who has four kids between the ages of seven and 17, says your adventures can take you outdoors to local parks or indoors to a museum or other kid-friendly attractions. Either way, you should pack your car with the essentials for the day. This includes food and beverages, mittens and hats, and extra tops and pants in case kids get muddy or wet. She also carries clipboards, paper, markers, color pencils, crayons and an assortment of fruit suckers to pass out occasionally as treats. Stone Mountain Park is a great day-trip destination.
  • Art: You can create an art kit for yakids with just a shoebox filled with colored pencils, crayons, pens, scissors, tape, a kid with a ffue glue stick and a small sketchpad available at places like Michael's. Tweens and teens will find inspiration to start drawing, doodling and journaling from books such as Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyoneand Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim. Other examples are Dawn DeVries Sokol’s books Doodle Diary: Art Journalizing for Girls, Art Doodle Love: A Journal of Self-Discoveryand Doodle Sketchbook: Art Journaling for Boys. Also worth checking out isJournal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric by Violette. All of these are available on Amazon.com.
  • Indoor fort-building with paper snowball fights: Natalie Kryger, a Snoqualmie, WA mom of four boys under age 15, encourages parents to not overbook kids with activities over the break. “Boredom is often the mother of invention. Make a fort in the living room with blankets and have an indoor snowball fight with wadded up wrapping paper from Christmas.”
  • Pizza and movie party: Kryger says “have your own pizza party with a personal size pizza dough ball" (available from Trader Joes or Kroger). "Have them choose toppings from a selection on the table, bake and let them settle in with a favorite movie."
  • Go outside and play: Winter break is a great time to get outside and play, even if you don't have snow. Try out some of Roswell's great parks, likeRoswell Area Park, East Roswell Park or Hembree.
  • Play with paper: The traditional Japanese art of origami offers hours of fun and enhances your child’s spatial skills. Tom Angleberger’s Star Wars-themed origami books including The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back offer both reading and origami fun. All available on Amazon.com.
  • Pool party: Going swimming is a special treat in the cold months of winter. Head to your local indoor pool at Life Time Fitness or LA Fitness.
  • Puppet show: Attach a clothesline or rope across a doorway. Throw a sheet over it for a curtain and use a box below on the floor for the stage. Give kids paper bags and crayons for easy DIY puppets. Break out the socks and gloves, yarn, foam, puff balls, glue gun and googly eyes for fancier versions.Miyako Kanamori's Sock and Glove: Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-Off Socks and Gloves is a great resource, also available from Amazon.
  • Break out the board games: Younger kids will love playing games such as Apples to Apples with you, and older kids will enjoy classic board games like Scrabble and Monopoly. If you don't have any board games, you’ll find them on sale—and often in great condition—after the holidays at places likeGoodwill.
  • Bake: My mother bakes cookies with my son and daughter every year during the holiday break, teaching them how to make the cookies her Lithuanian mother made for her as a child. You can bake at home with your kids, have grandparents deal with the mess at their house, or bring your kids to a cooking class for children at Whole Foods or Publix.

TELL US: What do you plan on doing with your kids during winter break? Share in the comments below. 

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