Art & Activities

So many creative ideas for at-home art projects at these sites and instagrams. More ideas on museum websites or take an online class.

BUSY TODDLER

Find a trove of educational, easy-to-set up creative and sensory activities from a K-1 teacher turned SAHM. So many great ideas, quick & easy to messy messy, babies to tweens plus links to useful art supplies. Follow their great instagram account for daily inspiration.

 

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The Art Garden

Explore a variety of projects featuring paint, collage/mixed media, printmaking, 3-Dimension, recycled art, children’s books, process art, nature activities, holidays and seasons, sensory, and play ideas from an elementary art teacher. Frequently posts fun ideas on her instagram @theartgardenblog.

 

Eat Your Monsters

Turn snacks into adorable creatures like frozen banana penguins and panda eggs with creative ideas from instagram account @eatyourmonsters.

 

Days With Grey

An educator and mom to 3 shares daily 'Breakfast Invitations,' easy-to-set-up sensory and art activities for preschools and toddlers.

 

New York City Children's Theater

Lovely local kids theater company provides entertaining and enriching activities for little ones inspired by past productions including art projects, theater games, storytimes, downloadable activity books and video sing-alongs.

 

#DisneyMagicMoment

Experience the magic of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic with stories, videos, and activities to inspire imagination and discovery. Includes drawing tutorials. storytimes, and recipes for Disney park favorites.

The Craft Studio

The owner of UES & Tribeca friendly all-ages art space The Craft Studio posts daily videos on instagram with fun and easy craft activities that work for babies to adults.

Virtual 3 class packs available for $72. Includes supplies delivered, shipped or picked up curbside and online step by step instructions. Fun way to support a local business.

 

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Learn Magic With The Amazing Max

Learn some tricks with a private online lesson with popular NYC magician Max Darwin held via Facetime or Zoom. All levels welcome. Max will work with objects you have right in your home, no special magic kits needed. $35, select a time online (selling out fast).

 

Freshmade NYC

Cook at home with the wonderful teachers of Freshmade. Learn new recipes with professionals teachers answering questions and helping navigate the fridge and pantry and cook with your kids. Choose from classes throughout the day for all ages on a variety of themes, from pancakes to pizza. $12.99/class. Private virtual sessions also available.

 

$10 Brit + Co Classes

Take as many art and design classes as you want for $10/month in subjects like photography and lettering. are not geared toward but many can be enjoyed as a family like cookie and cake decorating.

GIANT Home Experiences

Chelsea STEAM school GIANT offers 30 day programs combining hands-on play and project building with online live mentoring.

Get inspired, tinker, learn, and build towards two possible themes: GIANT Futuristic Fashion (Recommended for ages 5 to 12) or GIANT + Sago Planes (Recommended for ages 2 to 4)

Each box comes full of materials including 30 challenges and projects with custom-designed models and tools. Build during daily live “hangout dates” with ] GIANT mentors.

ONLINE CLASSES

Art For Kids Hub

Follow along step by step as a professional artist and his kid draw animals, emojis, people, vehicles and more. Clear, simple steps turn anyone into an illustrator.

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Children’s Museum of the Arts

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ blog features how-to videos and detailed instructions for art projects like Paper Chains of Kindness and Collaborative Drawing Games. Projects can be adapted for different ages and made with materials around the house.

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BUSY TODDLER

Find a trove of educational, easy-to-set up creative and sensory activities from a K-1 teacher turned SAHM. So many great ideas, quick & easy to messy messy, babies to tweens plus links to useful art supplies. Follow their great instagram account for daily inspiration.

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DAYS WITH GREY

An educator and mom to 3 shares daily ‘Breakfast Invitations,’ easy-to-set-up sensory and art activities for preschoolers and toddlers.

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NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN’S THEATER

Lovely local kids theater company provides entertaining and enriching activities for little ones inspired by past productions including art projects, theater games, storytimes, downloadable activity books and video sing-alongs.

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VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS

Take virtual journeys to over 1,200 museums around the world via Google Arts & Culture. See collections and gallery views of  Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology, Paris’s Musée d’Orsay and more (plus NYC faves like the Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA).

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MoMA Families At Home

MoMA provides resources and ideas—from art-making activities to books and films—to spark creativity and fun at home. Explore artworks in MoMA’s collection through activities (available in English and Spanish), watch favorite kid-friendly short films with prompts to spark discussion, dig deeper into Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, find favorite Children’s Books about Art, listen…

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The Paper Bag Players At Home

Watch short sketches from The Paper Bag Players, an acclaimed NYC troupe that makes stories out of cardboard and paper, paired with questions and/or activities that will help children think more about what they’ve watched and provide opportunities for them to create and imagine on their own. Play games and make cars, crazy faces, and…

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