Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts

Contemporary Indigenous Art

The Ottawa Art Gallery has done a great job bringing together contemporary Indigenous artists to create lesson plans for all ages. Authentic voices and experienced artists will guide you through different projects. Learn how to make Superhero Plant Trading Cards for kids in grades 1-5 or look into what (Re)Mapping Place might mean to you if you’re in grades 7-12.

Lunch Doodles

Mo Willems⁠—a bestselling author and illustrator⁠—has announced that he will be teaching drawing every weekday on YouTube to kids who are now at home. Mo will be having sessions called Lunch Doodles where he will occupy the little ones by doodling together with them.

“From My Window” project

A call for all artists of all ages to collectively create an outdoor gallery of decorated windows, to enjoy while we are out for our walks (keeping safe distances from others of course). 

This movement started in Spain and is continuing in Port Hope.

  1. Decorate your window(s) with a colourful display of art or crafts 
  2. Take a photo of your window and post it to your social media page using hashtags #frommywindow #outdoorgallery #caremongering

Homemade Playdough

This recipe is quick, yields a lot of playdough, and the playdough actually stays playable for a long time. It really is a great indoor activity that will keep the kids busy for hours. Bonus: you don’t have to worry if they eat some “by accident”.

Finger Puppet Templates

At this link you can find a bunch of different ways to make finger puppets. Using materials you probably have on hand, you can make puppets with fabric, paper, egg cartons and more! Follow this link and then click on the PDF attachment to download 6 different templates for finger puppet fun.

Collaborative Fence Mural

Wait for a dry day for this one! This article shows you how to create a mural with your kids, right at home. Best if you have a wooden fence but also possible on a cement, stone or brick surface. All you need is some tape and chalk and let the games begin!

Shadow Puppets

This activity is a perfect way to wind down a bit before bed. Set up a bed sheet (or just use a wall) in the living room, turn off all the lights, grab a flashlight and give it a go! Ask your kids to make up their own stories for the animals they learn or get them to act out one of their favourite storybooks as you read to them. There’s tons of resources online for other animal examples!