I don’t often share things for tweens ( 9-12-year-olds) here on my early education website, but something comes along that deserves to be shared now and then. When that something is an awesome art activity book from my dear friend Jean from The Artful Parent, it gets a whole post! If you follow me on Instagram from time to time, I jump out of early childhood education and share bits of my own life with you all.
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My kids are now well past early childhood and also well past me in the height department. What my youngest is not over is creating. Molly ( this may be the first time I have used her name on this site) is 11 and loves art, she loves writing and creating, and at any given time, there are at least 3 projects on various tables in our home. When Jean sent me Invitation To Draw, I was so excited it was something that Molly could dive right into, and she did! You can get your copy here!
Download a Sample
This is a great art activity book. I was excited to see how varied the drawing prompts are. I love these prompts, especially the road trip! I think this is a perfect art book for tweens, but younger children and teens, heck, even adults, will enjoy it too. Jean and her publisher are offering a sample of the book for my readers to download and try. Click below to download the sample.
I love prompt books like this because so many kids get the itch to create but need a little direction, a little prompt to get them started. This book does that perfectly. The prompts are wide open, and there is always a ton of extra space on the page to add your own ideas. So here is a little peek inside some of the prompts Molly has done.
Look Inside This Art Activity Book
I love this self-portrait!
I may have to frame these flowers.
I did this monster one.
Molly’s only complaint was that the book started with a sunrise and should have ended with a sunset if you know Molly. If that’s her only criticism, that’s high praise.
I don’t know about you all, but this summer has been a hard one to find things for my tween and teen to do. Where we live, many camps aren’t running, and the ones that are have reduced capacity. This art activity book is one fantastic tool to help fill the days with more than Netflix but not feel like mom is forcing you to do preschool crafts. Oh, and it travels well, so you better believe it’s coming with us on our annual trip to the Oregon coast.