Art Activities for Children of All Abilities

Art Activities for Children of All Abilities

Want to encourage creativity in your student or child? Here are a few suggestions from VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, on how to get started.

Suggested Prompts

  • A Dream Vacation: If you could go anywhere in the world (or universe!) on a vacation, where would you go? Who would you bring? How would you spend your time there? Whether it is a deserted island retreat with your family or an outer-space adventure with new friends, use your imagination to create a piece of art that captures a real or imaginary vacation spot.

  • Super Me: If you were a superhero, what powers would you have? How would you use your powers? Or imagine yourself in a world where everyone has superpowers. What would that world look like? Share your adventures and powers with us.

  • Year 2110: You've just been transported in a time machine to the year 2110. What does the world look like 100 years from now? Be creative and visually describe the landscape of the future.

One way to get started is to create a Visual Art Box for your student. Having materials handy will make it easy to move spontaneously to arts activities. One practical and inexpensive way is to have several boxes for materials. Your boxes could include (but are not limited to) some items suggested below. Many of these items can be found at your local CVS/pharmacy store.

  • Crayons

  • Fabric

  • Markers 

  • Yarn

  • Colored pencil

  • Buttons and beads

  • Watercolors 

  • Feathers

  • Hair rollers 

  • Greeting cards

  • Newsprint

  • Brown paper

  • Wrapping paper

  • Paste

  • Glue sticks

  • Children’s scissors

  • Hole punch

  • Foam paintbrushes

  • Ruler

  • Stickers 

  • Gauze

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Straws

  • Cotton balls

  • Tissue

  • Construction paper

Encourage your student artists to use their imaginations!