Non-tech Arts Activities at Home

Non-tech Arts Activities at Home: Visual Arts

Visual arts include drawing, painting, sculpting, and three-dimensional object art. Using easy-to-find materials from around the house, these fun activities engage both sides of the brain, relieve stress, create unity, boost self-esteem, and encourage creative thinking. See if you can inspire your students or family members to think of their own activities! 1. Draw a map of your house. Include all the rooms. Add people in your family. 2. Write and illustrate four-step instructions for how to: wash your hands; become invisible; make a sandwich; teach a crocodile to dance; or, tame a virus. 3. Use chocolate pudding as finger…

Non-tech Arts Activities at Home: Drama

Drama encourages playing with others. Even when the audience is only those with whom you are sheltering in place, using drama in ordinary moments will refresh, rejuvenate and remind children that daily living can be filled with wonderment and joy. The drama activities listed below provide much needed centering, and will help family groups deepen relationships. The following are easy, non-tech ideas and only require materials already around the house. READ ALOUD TO ONE ANOTHER Use character voices. (Gandalf is distinct from Bilbo, right?)  Build tension by speaking faster or slower. (Remember when Hermione is trapped in the ladies room…

Non-tech Arts Activities at Home: Music

Keep it simple! Facilitating joyful and uncomplicated musical activities will enrich children’s time at home. Parents and teachers can implement these easy, effective, and low-tech ideas with participants of all ages and diverse levels of musical experience. Create a whole-family musical experience using any of the activities listed below: Go outside for a “listening” walk and make a list of everything you hear.  Sing your favorite song, alone or in a group.  In a group of two or more, see how many times you can sing a favorite round.  Create a 4-beat body percussion pattern and teach it to someone.…

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