Fun Arts & Crafts Online Tutorials for Your Little Artists

Even though your future Picassos may not be gaining a ton of inspiration from being out an about, they can still hone their creativity in some fun ways while at home. From learning from famous illustrators to crafts for toddlers, we’ve rounded up some easy and free online tutorials for your little artists.

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT)

Budding fashion designers will love the educational resources at New York's MFIT. Kids can virtually visit tons of exhibitions, including Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse, Power Mode: The Force of Fashion and Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

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We Are Knitters

It's time to get your knit on! Check out We Are Knitters and the new weekly homeschool lessons that teach step-by-step knitting basics. Kids will also learn new knitting techniques, in addition to increased patience, motor skills and concentration.

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Craft Project Ideas

If you're at a loss for new ideas to keep the kids creating, then head to Craft Project Ideas. Choose from tons of crafts for Earth Day, Mother's Day, more holidays and indoor-specific projects.

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Corita 101

The Corita Art Center has created a free K-5 art curriculum available in both English and Spanish to encourage families to continue creating and designing through art. Based on the teachings of Corita Kent, the curriculum is made up of worksheets that based on STEAM learning.

Whitney Museum of American Art

Join the Whitney Kids Art Challenge with projects that are designed especially for kids and grown-ups to do together! Based on works of art in the Whitney's collection, all the activities will introduce kids to the diverse ways that artists think and work.

CMOM at Home

The Children's Museum of Manhattan has plenty in store to keep everyone creating. Every day of the week features a different theme, including slime making, dance parties, sing-a-longs, videos and more. 

Shotgun's Shred Til Bed Printables

Every day during the month of April, Shotgun is releasing a new MTB illustration for kids to print and color at home. With 30 animals in the collection, there is plenty of coloring to be had! You can share your kids drawing using the hashtag #shredtilbed on social media and enter to win a shotgun seat and bars. Head to Shotgun to subscribe for free.

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Transcendence Theatre Company

This English language/arts development program is offering free online videos that help kids not only develop their English skills, but also integrates art education (think how to make a comic book or how to pantomime.). Geared towards students in grades 1-5, parents can access the four weekly videos and lesson packets by clicking here

World of Eric Carle

Check out free coloring pages, scavenger hunts, printable bookmarks and more as part of Eric Carle's free resources. Parents will also love the complete teaching kit, poster, Very Hungry Caterpillar poster and tons of additional resources.

Crayola At-Home Creative Hub

Crayola's At-Home Creative Hub is here for kids, parents and teachers. The platform provides easy access to educational and crafting resources, including creative lesson plans, how-to videos, DIY crafts, free coloring pages, and weekly At-Home inspirational emails. Users will find hundreds of craft tutorials, free videos and craft recipes and weekly live crafting events!

photo: Mo Willems via Kennedy Center

Mo Willems

Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, Mo Willems invites your kids into his studio every day for Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems. Kids of all ages can practice their drawing skills with each virtual studio visit. Every day at 1 pm ET, the Kennedy Center’s official YouTube account will post a new lesson centering on Willems’ beloved characters.

Circle Time

Sign up for CircleTime and invite a friend and you get access to free, live beta classes! Choose the time that works best, then settle in for some cozy learning with your 0-6 year olds. Pick from arts & crafts, music, dance, science, emotional intelligence and more.

Raising Wonder

Simple lessons and fun downloadable printables await at Raising Wonder. During every weekday that the world is social distancing, Sarah Jane Wright guides kids through different themes with simple drawing projects. So far, she's covered topics like home, town, animals and world.

Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse

The artists at Disney are spoiling us! They've recently released a series of videos to teach kids how to draw 1920's Mickey, Contemporary Mickey and Pie-Eyed Mickey that are all free over on YouTube.

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Design Your Own Vans

Future fashionistas will love getting a chance to design their own shoes. These fun coloring pages from Vans come with cutouts, too! You can download the coloring book here.

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Book Creator

Book Creator is offering 90 days of real-time collaboration and creation on books for free, normally a premium, paid option. Kids can flex their creativity by creating an account, getting 1 library and 40 books for free.

Other Fun & Free Printables

Head to the website for minor league baseball team, Rochester Red Wings, to get daily educational activity worksheets.

Find virtual programs from Keeneland Racecourse and the Keeneland Kids Club, including “horse schooling,” kid-friendly recipes, and special at-home activities each week.

Club Med at Home is releasing a weekly series of coloring pages for kids, Club Med recipes, and activity suggestions for kids and parents from Club Med’s Kids Club.

Check out the city of Houston's website for fun coloring pages.

Check out Toys"R"Us' new Play@Home hub, where kids can find coloring sheets, word searches, DIY activities and more.

Get your color on at BIC Online Family Resources with activities like fill-in-the-month calendars and story prompts.

Check out Welch's Fruit Snacks for free coloring pages, bingo and word searches.

Head to Great Wolf Lodge for crafts that include step-by-step instructions and videos.

Visit Water Wipes for free coloring pages.

Creative and educational freebies away at Wee Gallery.

––Karly Wood

 

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