Encourage Art with Cool Art Supplies
4. Oil Pastels
Oil Pastels similar to crayons, have a “waxier” form and the colors are more intense. These are good for any age and good for fine motor skills. Oil pastels can be thicker or thinner; thicker pastels do not break as easily. These can be found in most art supply or craft stores. Paint over the top of oil pastels with your child’s watercolor paint set or watered down tempera paint and you will get some cool effects of wax resist over the paint.
Clay is always a nice medium to just start playing around with. Practice rolling clay into balls or strips which works well for improving fine motor skills. Carving with various tools your child may find laying around can create some cool projects. I like a product by Crayola called “Air Dry Clay” because it is easy to work with, and a little sturdier than other kinds when it dries.
Danelle Griner is the founder of Art Shop. She specializes in therapeutic art instruction for individuals with disabilities. Go to Artshop to find easy to teach adapted art projects for children with special needs. www.artshoptherapy.com
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