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Smarter Family: Extra Large Art Projects

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All kids love to create things; it's how they first learn to express themselves without words, and it offers so many possibilities for exploring ideas and bringing imagination to life in colorful, fun and interesting ways. One thing most people usually don't think about, though, even parents who keep art supplies on hand all the time, is that art projects, even little kid's art projects, can be something REALLY big and don't need to be confined only to the size of a sheet of paper. In fact, there are tons of simple and super fun ideas for large art projects your kids can create over time, either alone or with or friends, or with your help.

One idea is using a really big cardboard box, or a bunch of smaller ones. Simple cardboard boxes can become SO many cool things, like a fort, a hut, a rocket ship, a pirate ship or a bat or bear cave. Kids will enjoy literally hours of fun building and decorating and imagining this new world, if you let them create it and give them the space, time and tools to do so. You don't need anything fancy: whatever basic art materials you have at home will be fine. You might want to add in a roll of aluminum foil, some tape and some glue, and some empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls and such. These recycled items make great make-believe tools and fun art projects as well, especially when they are part of something huge and exciting. You could even suggest the kids dress up for the parts they are playing, in the end, if they have some costumes or things to use for dress-up. I know several kids who have made projects like this and hang onto them for a year or more, and continue to play with them and enjoy them every day.

Another great way to make a large art project is by using wall space: You can just cover a wall with paper, or an old sheet as a canvass, and give your kids some paint (finger paint is lots of fun to make hand prints) and things like glitter glue and magazine images, bits of paper and fabric and even ribbon and suck, to add on as collage. Have them just pick a theme, if they want to, before starting, so they have an idea of what kind of world to create: it could be a jungle or outer space, or a city or a beach, for instance. Or a unique combination of several themes or ideas than can eventually blend together. Making a mural is fun and unique way to create art, and one that can be added onto and enjoyed for a long time to come.

Do you have any ideas for fun, extra large kids' art projects to share?

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by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Hannahsmommy816
by Platinum Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

anything with stickers!!

SarahSuzyQ
by Sarah on Sep. 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM
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We have a chalkboard wall for "big" art projects that require no storage afterwards!
Vertical15
by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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Oh anything with something messy, sticky, or gross!  LoL

Wish2Be
by Michelle on Sep. 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I would love to do a couple art pieces with my son ! I was thinking maybe something abstract on two large canvases. I would like to do a color scheme so it will go with the decor I have in there, but I am still uncertain of the colors I want in this room. I am thinking Brown, Black, Purple, and Green....

momma-flynn
by Greta on Sep. 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM
The only thing we have done is turn appliance boxes in to giant gingerbread houses. I want to make a haunted house this year.
STVUstudent
by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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when my kids were two, their absolute favorite toy was the box our new washing machine came in...  it was a playhouse, a cave, a circus tent...

MrsRobinson06
by Amy on Sep. 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

 I'm not very creative.

GypsiSky
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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We are so into art!! Murals are awesome!

SammiBaby
by on Sep. 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

We're always painting pictures, crafting stuff together. I love the idea of paper on the wall and going to town.

SweetLuci
by Luci on Sep. 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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 We've done the cardboard box thing. Lots of fun.

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