Encourage learning and creativity at home with art projects for younger kids. These free online and offline art and craft projects can be fun for the whole family.
Book by Mail
Use paper, scissors, glue, a stapler, etc. and write a book for a family member. Then send it to them in the mail.
Visit the Vatican
Wander the richly decorated halls of this unique holy city-state—completely free of crowds!
Create a Stage for a Play
Learn the basics behind theatrical staging, then dream up a play or performance and create a model stage for it.
Julie's Green Room
Watch Julie Andrews lead a class for a diverse group of kids (represented by Jim Henson puppets) accompanied by a host of celebrities to learn about performing arts and much more.
Create Your Own Country, City, or Neighborhood
On a large piece of cardboard, draw the landmasses, roads, skyscrapers, and more to make up your imaginary place. Add toys or household items to make it 3D!
Figuring Out the Healthiest Foods
Watch this video and discover the "food calculator" you carry around with you every day. Use it to add more healthy foods to your diet.
Create an Award for Yourself
What's something special about you? What makes you great? It could be anything! Design an award for that thing, and write up the recognition letter.
Explore a Country Through Art and History
Choose a country, read about it, and then explore the art and images that help define it. (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity.)
Be a Movie Critic
Watch a movie (or show) of your choice. Sign up for a free Common Sense Media account, search for the title you watched, and write a review to share your thoughts.
Think Like a Computer
To practice computational thinking, create a set of picture cards that show every step of a task. For example, what steps do you take to brush your teeth?
Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar
Download this free app that'll teach you the basic concepts behind coding as you guide a caterpillar through puzzles.
Drawing to Music
Learn about synesthesia and how it influences musicians and artists. Then put some music on, get inspired, and draw.
Create a Recipe Book
Write and assemble a book of your original recipes, or of recipes you've collected from friends and family. Consider adding photos or illustrations.
Make Art from Nature
Get outside and gather rocks, leaves, sticks, dirt, or whatever you can find that seems cool. Arrange it to make an original work of art.
What Does the Internet Look Like?
Imagine and draw what you think the internet looks like. Then discuss which qualities your dream internet would have.
Magic Mirror Symmetry
Use this tool to create mirror-image art, and then see if you can recreate it on paper.
Collect the Magic Beans
Bounce up the beanstalk with Elmo to collect specific colors of magic beans.
Well-Beings: Wellness for Kids
Download this free app to access lots of off-screen activities and become mindful of your mood.
Show Off Your Outfit and Your Moves
Imagine you're a model: Create a walk, strut, or stroll that shows off your clothes.
Build a Paper Computer
Learn about the different parts of a computer with a fun maze activity and a cut-and-paste craft where you put all the computer parts together.
Augusta Savage: Harlem Renaissance Artist
Learn about the extraordinary life, achievements, and art of sculptor and gallerist Augusta Savage, who was a key part of the Harlem Renaissance.
A Truly Creative Curriculum
Move and create along with these high-energy video lessons that are sure to tap into your inner artist, writer, and performer.
Cardboard Parking Garage
Use stuff from around your home to create a parking garage; improvise and get creative if you don't have every material.
Design a Treasure Hunt
Make a treasure hunt for a family member in your home, your yard, or a nearby park. Stash cryptic clues to guide the hunter.
Toilet Paper Roll Maracas
Get shaking with this DIY maraca-making activity. Then rattle and TP-roll along with some of your favorite tunes.
Make a Bird Feeder
Make a bird feeder with just some twine and an orange peel. Observe the birds that stop by and try to identify them.
Think of the longest list of rhyming words you can. Then draw each of the words. Have a family member guess the rhyme.
Paper Doll Emotions
Explore different emotions—and how they change—with these easy-to-make paper dolls.
Create a Character Profile
Imagine a fictional, yet realistic, person. Write a profile of their life, including traits like physical appearance and personality. Describe their family, school, job, and more.
Four Notes That Changed Music with Ezinma
Watch as violinist Ezinma honors the history and legacy of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony—and its famous four notes—in this awesome modern take.
Draw a squiggly line on paper. Trade papers with another person. Using their squiggle, see what image you can create.
Build a Bug Hotel
Cobble together a funky little living space for all kinds of creepy crawlies. Put it outside and see who moves in.
How to Draw Sonic the Hedgehog
Draw Sonic the Hedgehog in this easy-to-follow tutorial. Just grab a pen, a marker, a crayon, and some paper. Color it in when you're finished.
Family Fun: Music and Dance
Explore this vast and vibrant collection of virtual tours all about how music and dance shape our world.
8 Questions for Jerry Craft
Read about how graphic novelist Jerry Craft discovered comics and why he wrote his Newbery Award-winning book New Kid.
How to Draw How to Train Your Dragon's Toothless
Draw a cute cartoon version of Toothless from DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon. Color it, and display it when you're finished.
Learn the Japanese art of paper folding and make your very own origami box. Decorate the paper before folding to add a personal touch!
Grab a skateboard (or exercise ball, etc.), some giant paper, markers, and a friend to make a masterpiece on wheels.
Explore the World, Tell a Story
Use this free, bilingual app in a wide variety of ways, including telling stories, learning vocabulary, and using creativity.
Make an Alphabet Poster
Create an original illustrated alphabet poster (or 26 individual letter pages) to display in your home.
Use this fun interactive to learn about the numbers 0 through 10, and make some music along the way.
Marvel at the Magnificent Night Sky
Join Caitie in her classroom for some songs, crafts, counting, and more! It's all focused on the sparkling magnificence of the night sky.
Use these cards to inspire Duplo builds that support hands-on learning, storytelling, and role-playing. No specific sets needed.
Drawing Cute Ice Cream
Learn some ice cream cone-cartoon basics. Then personalize your cones to make them as cute—or as funny—as you'd like!
Make and Animate a Minion
Learn how to draw and animate a minion with only a marker and a piece of paper. Pause the video as needed.
Create a Pop-Up Landscape
Turn flat pieces of paper into a 3D landscape with some glue, scissors, and crayons.
Hour of Code
Try these engaging, one-hour introductory computer science tutorials, appropriate for all ages. There are hundreds of activities and tutorials in over 45 languages.
Make a Coin Disappear
Learn to make, and perform, an easy coin-disappearing trick. Afterward, see if you can create a different trick with stuff around your house!
Draw with Drew (and Rosie)
Draw along with Drew and his special guest, fourth grader Rosie. Their helpful tips and silly banter are sure to get your creative juices flowing.
Quick Coding Course
Learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag-and-drop blocks. Create your own drawings and games.
Draw pictures of your favorite animals, real or imaginary, and talk about their habitat -- the place they live.
Quick Coding Course for Pre-Readers
Learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag-and-drop blocks. Create your own drawings and games.
Dream up an invention you think could help make people's lives better. Design it, then build it. Check out the two examples for inspiration.
Learn to Rhyme
Learn how rhyming works from the experts! This clever rap video not only explains rhyming -- it gives kids a chance to make their own.
Hunt for natural items and draw what you see in a notebook. You'll be surprised at how much you find, even staying close to home!
Make a Unique Envelope to Send to Someone
Craft a quirky and unique envelope using some simple supplies. Pack it with a letter and other fun stuff, then send it to someone.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Read about the history behind Cinco de Mayo and try some of the activities, crafts, and recipes to celebrate.
Learn to Cartoon
Follow along with professional cartoonist Joe Wos as he shows you how to draw a cartoon scene.
Practice learning the alphabet by singing along to a fun and friendly tune! Lyrics included to help with reading.
Create your own perfectly symmetrical work of art by painting on one side and seeing your creation mirrored on the other.
Give kids' self-esteem a boost with daily encouragements with this clever, DIY project.
Use this DIY helicopter-building activity to promote kids' design thinking. Can you make the copter twirl faster? Fly farther?
DIY Nature Brush
Go out into your yard and collect any cool plants, leaves, and twigs you find. Then use what you've collected to create a paintbrush.
Nature Curtain Decorations
Find, and look more closely at, nature's amazing objects as you create your own natural decorations.
Can you design and build a sneaker that's environmentally friendly? As you work, consider the effects of the materials you're using.
Print out one of these fun and reassuring coloring books that'll help kids understand this strange and stressful time.
Dreaming of Ice Cream
Learn about Nancy Johnson, the inventor of the ice cream churn. Then try making your own pretend and real ice cream!
How to Draw Health Heroes: Doctors and Nurse
Learn how to draw a doctor or nurse. Parents, you could even challenge your little artists to turn their drawing into a thank-you card!
Wild Music Time
Allow kids to simply play with, and discover, sounds in their own way. Use this activity to help kids develop creativity and problem-solving skills.
Start a Rubber Band Band
Learn to build your own rubber band guitar (and other instruments!) out of simple household supplies.
Wild Things Kings and Queens
Read Where the Wild Things Are, then invite kids to create their own crowns using the natural treasures around them.
How to Shade a Cube
Learn the basics of drawing three-dimensional shapes with this helpful drawing tutorial.
Look into a mirror and draw what you see. Remember to draw your eyebrows, eyes, nose, lips, and chin.
Watch this video to see how light affects the colors you see. Create this magic trick at home with construction paper or brightly colored markers.
Earth Day Paper Plate Craft
Have fun creating an easy and cute paper plate Earth day character using some basic art supplies.
Play an Instrument
Practice playing all the different instruments in Daniel Tiger's neighborhood music shop!
Build with Sticks
Use the natural materials around you, and give kids the freedom to design, test, redesign, and build their creations.
Make a Micro-Field Guide
Create a field guide to a tiny spot (about one square meter) in your yard, a local park, or any other patch of nature in your community.
Appreciation Cards Craft
Help your child talk about appreciation by making cards for the special people in their life.
Dav Pilkey at Home
Get drawing with beloved author Dav Pilkey. Learn how to make all your favorite Dog Man characters, and find many more fun activities.
A Hero of Heroes
Create your own superhero comic using the printable template. The Bubble Guppies are battling a villain, and only you can finish the story!
Magic Petal Potions
Make potions! This activity never gets old for little ones, and will give them tools for play and investigation they can use again and again.
How to Draw Poppy from Trolls
Feeling Trolls fever? Learn to draw Poppy with this step-by-step tutorial.
Chemistry Color Explosion
Create a chemical reaction and work of art by mixing a few simple ingredients to create a beautiful pattern.
How to Draw a Turtle
Just right for young artists, this step-by-step tutorial shows how to draw a super-cute turtle!
Put on a play with your stuffed animals or action figures. Invent your own storyline or use one you know.
Rock Art Rocks!
Create pictures out of colored rocks. Stack them, spread them out, and mix them up to see how many different things you can create.
Rube Goldberg Machines
Check out these crazy contraptions that are all about cause and effect, and draw a plan for your own.
Respond to a Piece of Art
Find a piece of art of any kind and from anyone. Write a response to it. What does it make you feel and think?
Maker Monday: Cardboard Tube Houses
Re-imagine some toilet paper or paper towel tubes as houses, castles, and more.
Use paper, cardboard, or cloth. Cut out eyes (with help). Decorate by gluing on beans, feathers, or whatever you can find.
10 Fun Fabric Scrap Crafts to do with Kids
Try out these fun crafts that make use of scrap pieces of fabric. You'll learn some useful sewing skills along the way.
Write and Perform a Rap Song
Write an original rap song and perform it for family members after dinner.
Make A Doodler
Can you make a simple drawing without touching the marker or paper? You can if you collaborate! Team up, communicate, and coordinate your actions to draw silly sketches.
String Together Sounds
Tap lots of letters on the keyboard to explore some sounds. Then experiment with combining them. Can you create a beat and keep a rhythm going?
How to Draw a Rocket
Blast off to fun with this simple tutorial, developed just for younger kids, on how to draw a rocket.
Stamps and Shapes
Gather empty cardboard rolls, dip the ends in paint. Stamp circles. Press or fold the rolls. How do the shapes change?
Create with Colors
Click on a color and see famous fine art that contain it. Then pick a color to feature in your own art! (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity)
Use this interactive game to see what kind of music you can make with Sesame Street characters.
Khan Academy Kids App
This pre-K app makes it easy and fun for young kids to immerse themselves in foundational skills like reading, counting, social-emotional learning, and more.
Make a Magic Wand
Use household or natural items and art supplies to make a magic wand. Talk about what magic spells you would cast.
Social Isolation Song Series with Dan + Claudia Zanes
Join this kid-friendly duo for a house party of sing-a-long folk songs
Watch the video for tips, and then upcycle some cardboard into a new creation using the strengthening strategies you learned.
Get Doodling with Mo
Visit with author and illustrator Mo Willems as he invites you to doodle with him in his home studio.
Make some music!
Use things from around the house as musical instruments and make up a song to share with others.
Scavenger Hunt Color Wheel
Go on a scavenger hunt to find objects to combine into a color wheel. Take a picture, and do it again with different objects.