As adults, we tend to think in linear ways: if we are doing a particular arts and crafts activity with our kids,  it’s difficult to visualize how it can also be a game with toys in it. Or, how to take it one step further and make a library with books out of it. Playing, creating, imagining and visualizing is wonderful for growing brains. My kids taught me how to expand my mind, so I came up with these fun ideas for small art projects:

Combine your drawing lesson with your playtime:

-Draw a garage or a road for the toy cars to park in or to ride on.

-Draw a field for the rubber ball.

-Draw a doll house for your favorite doll and then add dimension by putting play dough furniture in it.

-Draw some people and “feed” them real berries and other healthy foods.

– Make a “library” out of stacked books, put a doll in it and read to it together.

– Use watercolors to paint the sky and let your toy helicopter fly.

– Paint a sea for your toy fish or for your little ship.

The possibilities  are endless, as long as you realize your limitless creativity. Enjoy!

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