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.

photo: Transcendence Theatre Company

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

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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.

photo: Vans

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.

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.

––Karly Wood

 

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