Questions tagged [arts-and-crafts]

Arts and crafts is about creative activities that involve a variety of artistic media. These questions are about how to prepare for such activities, how to teach the related skills, what types of materials are activties are appropriate or available, and more.

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How do I inspire creativity for my child?

My 7-year-old son loves Lego and video games. He plays Minecraft on his tablet all the time, building various things, but apparently nearly everything he made was something he replicated from a ...
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Our 3½ yo girl is frustrated by not being able to colour within the lines

As most kids, my daughter loves to draw and colour pre-printed templates. She started quite early (on her own, improvising with any paper that had outlines on it), then progressed rather quickly from ...
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What are the activities pertaining to decorating the house with hand made objects where I can get the toddler involved?

Now it is the festive season in India. Deepawali is coming up. We clean the house and decorate it with flower garlands and put lights all over the house. The toddler is 2 years 4 months old, and has ...
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How/Should I deal with the playschool teacher who makes the toddler colour by holding her hand?

Why should I be hell bent on educating my toddler when she's going to learn the stuff anyways when she grows up? 4 year old refuses to color Considering that the answers linked above say that we ...
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What are the pros and cons of colouring books?

What are the pros and cons of colouring-in (as opposed to freehand drawing) for pre-school and primary age children? I'm asking in response to this question: At what age should I tell my child to ...
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At what age should I tell my child to colour within the lines?

The toddler is 2 years 3 months old. The blue part in following sketch has been solely coloured by her. Red part has been coloured by me. At what age should I tell her to be mindful of the ...
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How to encourage a 2 year old toddler to complete colouring a sketch?

The baby is 2 years 3 months old. She is utterly interested in drawing. She has now been put in a playschool where I was told that she will be given homework regarding colouring pictures. I have ...
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How to teach a toddler to draw?

The child is 2 years old. She is very much interested in story books. She can count perfectly till 10. She can recognise the objects and animals perfectly. She could hold pen in very proper way since ...
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How much instruction should be incorporated into a pre-schooler's art activities?

We've set aside one evening a week as our dedicated family craft night. That doesn't preclude us from doing craft projects at other times, of course, but rather ensures that my son gets at least a ...
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What's an easy way to do macaroni art with a toddler?

So, I joked to my wife the other day that she was getting macaroni art for mother's day. But, now I think it's serious, and it's what she's going to get. I want to do some macaroni art with my son (...
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What to do with many painted pictures/ handicraft work

Our son produces tons of painted pictures and handicrafted things. We like them very much, but we are not sure what to do with them, as they need a lot of space, storage and time. It is not easy for ...
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4 year old refuses to color

Our 4 year old is in junior kindergarten and we've received multiple letters from his teacher regarding his refusal to color in class. He also refuses at home when we try to encourage him to color. ...
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Alternatives to using food coloring for kids activities

We do a lot of activities that seem to use food coloring in our house - making play doh, playing with colored vinegar and baking soda, etc. Food coloring seems to be pretty pricey in our local grocery ...
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How do you respond to a toddler who insists on having you do their activities for them?

We have a 3.5 year old and a 2.5 year old and they're both exhibiting this behavior: They prefer to watch mommy and daddy play rather than do it themselves. I think it started with drawing, we'd show ...
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How much direction does a preschooler need while doing crafts?

My son just turned 4 and I'm trying to figure out how much direction I should give while doing crafts. He really enjoys to doing crafts but if I give him a specific 'project' to do (e.g. something ...
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Everything my 4 year old son draws is abstract. Is this a problem?

My son does a reasonable amount of painting, drawing etc. although his main love is sport. However everything he produces is abstract. It's always patches of different colour. His technique has ...