Creative projects and lesson ideas can be used for all subjects, not just art. You can use fun activities and crafts to help children develop a love of reading and a fascination with math and science. Reinforce traditional teaching methods with hands-on projects that make even difficult concepts easier for kids to understand. Your kids will absorb colors, shapes, stories and dramatizations for a better educational perspective.
Encourage kids to read by making them a part of the story. Kids avoid reading because they have not yet experienced that stories can transport them to a new world of imagination. Use traditional fairy tales but change the story-line and characters to include the kids. Let the kids rewrite the story from their perspective and how they would want their character to behave. Help school-age children make reading-related crafts such as books with pictures and fill-in-the-word stories and bookmarks.
Teach math with creative crafts and stories to illustrate math concepts to kids. Make folded paper crafts to teach preschoolers about shapes and school-age kids about geometry. Use healthy snacks such as apple pieces to teach kids about fractions. Stories that younger kids can count along to help improve adding, subtracting and multiplication skills. Kids will enjoy these games so much they will see math in a whole new light.
Take kids to a museum or art exhibit where they can see different styles of paintings. Have the kids choose their favorite painting and help them create a painting in that style. Try art projects that involve taking color away to make a picture, such as scratch art on a piece of paper covered with rainbow pastel colors. Art class is one of the best places for children's creativity to flourish. Give kids open-ended projects to let their imagination run wild as well as coordinated classes to help teach the creative thought process.
Inspire kids to learn about plants and biology with creative science projects that involve hands-on activities. Take a walk through a wooded area in the spring or summer months and collect a variety of seeds from trees. Tape them to a poster board and label them according to what plant they came from; ask the children to give their ideas on how the seeds are spread by nature, according to their design and shape. Show kids how to toss up 'helicopter seeds' from an oak tree to see that they are carried by the wind. Other seeds that have sharp burrs can get caught on clothing as well as the fur of animals. Creative learning and discovering helps make science more interesting to kids.
Use dramatizations to teach any subject. Kids can pretend to be inside a shape such as a sphere or box and mime feeling the edges, as you and other kids guess what it is. Teach kids about the changes in trees with seasons by making a play about a tree in a park, with each child dressing as the tree during a different time of the year. Use kids' own bodies to teach them about symmetry and proportion. Engaging children in this type of creative play helps them to learn by developing their creativity.