Tina Seitzinger is a stay-at-home mom who traded the corporate world to host play dates and go on exciting day adventures with her two boys. Tina believes that each day brings a new opportunity for an adventure that can be spontaneous and inexpensive. She also dishes about her family and experiences on her personal blog, www.lifewithoutpink.com

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Tips on Starting a Children’s Art Group

We are almost through summer, and the kids are starting to get restless! I have been thinking of ways to keep them busy and from constantly hearing the statement, “Mom I’m bored!”

I am far from the crafty type so I have been researching creative projects for us to do together.  I believe that art is an important part of a child’s development and I am trying to incorporate more art into their lives.

After doing some research, I discovered that a lot of moms start their own art play groups. How genius! Not only does this provide the children with fun weekly craft projects but it also saves money.  Some of the art classes can be quite expensive and paying for more than one child can be out of the question for most of us.

Here are a few of my tips to help you get started:

Size of Group

Depending on the ages of the children, it may be best to limit the number of families.  This will help keep the children more focused and allow the projects to go a bit smoother.

Cost of Materials

There are several ways you can handle this. The host could be responsible for picking up any supplies needed for the project.  Then he/she would email the families prior to the class to let them know what their contribution would be to help cover the costs.  Normally the cost is only a few dollars and at times there may not even be one. The second option is to have every family bring a set amount each week {for example $3}, which could be put into a kitty to use when needed.

Create a Host Box

A great way to build up your supplies is to create a “host” box that would be passed from one host to another each week.  It would contain the basics; crayons, paper, markers, ribbon, glue, tape, etc.  This would help keep costs down.

Time & Location of Art Class

This will be something that needs to be discussed. Will you rotate houses, pick a designated host or find an alternative space such as a community center or park? You will also need to discuss how often you will meet.  It may be best to pick the same day and time each week so that everyone can plan accordingly.

What Will You Need?

A space to get messy of course! If you choose to host at a home pick an area that you don’t mind getting a bit messy and dirty.  Garage, kitchen, basement or even outside works best.

You will also need the following:

  • Art table
  • Art supplies
  • Art clothes such as oversize t-shirt or smock. Babies can paint in just their diapers {perfect for the summer weather}.
  • Paper towels and wipes for clean up

Finding New Art Projects

If you are like me then you will need a little inspiration when it comes to putting together a fun project for the kids.  There are tons of resources and blogs out there with fun ideas to help get you started.

Here are a few that come to mind:

Art experiences are a major part of a child’s development. It is a great idea to ask your child questions about his/her project, to get them thinking about what they made and to show them that you are interested in what they have to say.

Don’t forget to hang the art work up in an area of the home where the entire family can see and enjoy the little masterpieces!

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