Creative Kids Resources

Published: April 29, 2012

Creative kids need creative resources, right? So here’s my ongoing project to provide links to some of my very favorite stuff, apps, sites, inspiration and learning. Nice!

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Articles: the importance of art and design for kids

This is an excellent article written on the importance of art education in our schools.

Love this article on how to teach drawing to your kids.

Design for kids- Products and Interior

Children Inspire Design


Land of Nod

Room and Board

House 8810 retro-inspired kid items

Art By Adults For Kids

Anne’s Art– paintings and pet portraits

Billie TK Etsy shop– paintings for kids

Art Instruction for Kids This is a wonderful drawing instruction site. This is an exhaustive site of resources for art education

Deep Space Sparkle This is a really fun blog by an art teacher with all sorts of good info, including lesson plans

Video on learning to draw a still life using grid technique – free art lessons. Geared toward a little older kid/adult, but it’s a great resource- clear and not overwhelming

Art Projects For Kids some art lesson ideas, but what’s cool here are her downloadable mural pages for $5 per set

Artistic Pursuits has put together some wonderful looking books for levels K-high school. They seem to be brimming with good projects and clear instruction. I’ll have to review one of these!

Art Inspiration for Kids A great site all about Artist Trading Cards for kids

Art Materials

Here’s my list of Basic Art Materials for Kids (and some extras) – Eco art kits

Eco-kids – creative play the natural way

*Kiwi Crate (subscription service- craft material crates delivered to your door!)


Stubby Pencil Studio

Clementine Art

Earth Paints

Dick Blick

Utrecht Art

Land of Nod

Discount School Supply

Art History for Kids

Concordia University Art History lessons for 1st-7th grades – These are on specific artists.

Google Art Project

Garden of Praise– Click on a painting in the grid to learn more about the famous artist.

Museums/Galleries with Kids

Milwaukee Art Museum and Kohl’s Art Generation– bringing art and creativity to local children

V&A Museum of Childhood

The Art Institute of Chicago page for visiting with kids.

Tate Kids great!

Info. on the Metropolitan Museum of Art for kids

Children’s Museum of the Arts NYC

Info. on visiting the National Gallery of Art with kids

Global Children’s Art Gallery– upload your kids’ art and/or order products printed with their art

Artsonia – online art gallery for your kids’ artwork

National Gallery of Art kids’ page

Kids in Museums “The voice for family museum visitors across Britain”

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Abilene, TX

Creative iPhone/iPad Apps for Kids

Art Lab iPad app by MOMA

Paint My Wings by Toca Boca games

Artkive– super app for storing, organizing, sharing and printing your kids’ artwork. You can even print to book from this. Yay!

Hello Oil Painter (iPad)

Draw it Easy (iPad)

Drawing Pad (iPad)

Color Mix HD – A sort of coloring book for the iPad, but kids can mix their own colors.

 Art Instruction Books

drawing in color kids' art instruction book

Drawing in Color by Kathryn Temple

drawing with children art instruction book


Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes

manga for beginner book

Manga For The Beginner by Christopher Hart


Creative Websites for Kids

The Night Zookeeper

Crayola Kids’ Playzone

Haring Kids

Picasso Head

Sumo Paint

Albright Knox Art Gallery Games

Art Pad digital canvas

Nick Jr. Free Draw

Chicago Area Kids’ Art Classes –

Peruse my page of over 40 places in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs that offer art classes for kids. Many of them also have workshops and art birthday parties. These places range from traditional art training to fun experimental workshops. They all offer tons of creativity and art exploration. Check them out!

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