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20 Art Therapy Prompts for Kids

  • Monday, March 25, 2024
20 Art Therapy Prompts for Kids


Allowing our brains the freedom for free expression, even by doodling, can have a wonderful impact on how we process, retain, and share information. Art therapy for kids can be used to help a child cope with a major life event. It can also help children who struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and behavioral issues, as well as developmental delays like autism and ADHD. Help your kids deal with their emotions in a healthy way through these helpful art therapy prompts.

1. Paint or color while listening to music.

2. Paint a picture with your fingers.

3. Draw with your eyes closed.

4. Make a collage of things you love.

5. Create a past, present, and future self-portrait.

6. Draw yourself as a superhero.

7. Make art with your fingerprints.

8. Draw a comic strip.

9. Create a family tree.

10. Draw one of your dreams.

11. Make art out of recycled items.

12. Draw a relaxing scene or landscape.

13. Draw an imaginary creature.

14. Paint a rainbow.

15. Scribble mindlessly.

16. Draw with white charcoal on black paper.

17. Draw your favorite animal.

18. Draw a waterfall.

19. Paint on a t-shirt.

20. Create a tie-dye paper using water, markers, and aluminum foil.

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