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CREATE … with a simple “go to” art activity | simon says


Ever since I saw this activity here on The Artful Parent many moons ago it has been a favorite ” go to ” activity in so many situations. Mostly I have used it while prepping dinner, but it has served as the perfect activity during long and short car rides, restaurant visits, and random times of the day. It’s such an EASY, yet stimulating, game and can be played so many ways + it’s the most requested one in the house. First, have your child (or children) obtain a drawing surface … paper or sketchpad. (sketchpads are great to see the progression of creativity… maybe even leave a few in the kitchen solely for “simon says art” ). Then say Simon says “draw a sailboat, or a train, or a jungle scene”.  Another idea is progression drawing. Simon says “Draw a flower. Now,  Simon says “draw someone picking the flower”. The possibilities are endless. Have them fill the page with their creations. When working with different ages it sometimes works well to give them each something different to draw. We have progressed from simple shapes to very detailed people with armor and actions and detailed journeys and adventures.  This is also a great art activity to engage the entire family. Cover the table with brown kraft paper and fill it with drawings. Recently, after some blank moments as “Simon” I enlisted siblings to choose the theme for each other. This has worked out so well I can’t believe it took me so long to think of this version. I really have found that the simplest of activities have been the most rewarding and stress free.




This activity occupies these two very well while I’m making dinner.



NEST + CREATE … indoor kites on a snowy spring day

I LOVE simple crafts and this is certainly one of them.

Find directions for this simple paper kite here at Skip to My Lou.

CREATE … thank you notes | made for kids | free template by five and one




Instill the act of gratitude in your children by letting them create Thank You Notes to send any time of the year with a little help from these templates.

Enjoy these free templates for printing thank you cards and  let your children add their own creative artwork. The options for artwork are endless. For the cards above my kids used pencil erasers as stamps, hole punches to create connect the dot abstract art, and a cutout heart. The artwork is attached to the cards with various styles of washi tape. You can also add a simple note under their artwork on the card stock. These notes allow you to start with a template and then allow your child to be creative and add a drawing or use recycled materials you already have at home to finish the note. For the older set, I have included templates with writing lines so they can add their own handwritten note.

I printed the cards above on creme and kraft paper card stock and used a 4″ x 9″  envelope.

printing note … save these templates to your desktop before printing for best results.

template with blue thank you

template with blue thank you | writing lines

template with red thank you

template with red thank you | writing lines