Artsy: Extension Activities

Our curated list of book recommendations, extension activities, and field trips to go with our creative arts-themed busy bag!

Book Recommendations:

Make a trip to your local library or bookstore to snag one of these favorites.

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

Mix It Up by Herve Tullet

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean

Art Inspiration Books

The Usborne Art Treasury by Rosie Dickins and Nicola Butler

Wonder Art Workshop: Creative Child-Led Experiences for Nurturing Imagination, Curiosity, and a Love of Learning by Sally Haughey

Books About Artists

Mini Masters Series by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober

Little People, Big Dreams: My First Artists by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Little People, Big Dreams Series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Others:

  • Frida Kahlo

  • Georgia O'Keefe

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat

  • Andy Warhol

Extension Activities:

Magic Milk Science Experiment

DIY Puffy Paint

Make your own watercolor paint using spices.

Color Theory

  • Freeze red, yellow, and blue ice cubes (made with water and food coloring). Choose two colors and allow to melt together in a tub to see what color is made. Or make a rainbow in 6 glasses: all red cubes, half red & half yellow cubes, all yellow cubes, half yellow and half blue cubes, all blue cubes, half blue and half red cubes. Pour warm water in each glass and stir until all the cubes are melted!

  • Make red, yellow, and blue play dough. Let kids do what they do best - mix it up!

  • Check out the book Mix It Up by Herve Tullet. Fold several sheets of paper together, and create your own Mix It Up book using tempera paint.

Need more ideas? Check out our Pinterest board here.

Field Trip Ideas:

Visit an art museum.

Check out local art installations and special exhibits.


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