Pablo Picasso is one of the most well-known of the famous artists. That said, chances are that your young child may not have heard of him. While Picasso worked primarily in paints, this kids’ Picasso Craft Felt Art activity can help your child to understand the art of the famed cubist through craft felt. Use this idea for Picasso crafts with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students.
Well, your child is going to take apart a portrait—transforming it from a realistic looking piece of art to something a bit more abstract. This activity doesn’t just teach your child about a historically significant artist. It also helps her to build problem-solving and critical thinking skills, develop fine motor abilities and explore math (shapes and patterns).
Pablo Picasso for Kids Activities
And, now on to the art-making. Instead of paints, this famous artist kids’ art activity uses craft felt. This makes it possible to reuse the activity over and over again. Your child can build critical thinking
skills, puzzling together the felt, observing what happens and evaluating the results. She can then take apart her cubist creation and figure out how to re-make it! When she’s done getting artsy for the day, pack up the felt pieces (but them in a bag) and save them for later. Your child can try the activity out again tomorrow, next week or any time that she wants.
Felt Art for Kids
- Craft felt sheets (or scrap craft felt) in different colors
Cut out felt shapes. Your child can start with the face, creating a circle. If it’s a challenge for your child to cut out the shapes freehand, have her draw them onto the felt with a marker first. She’ll also
need smaller shapes to make eyes, ears, a nose, a mouth and hair.
Arrange the portrait on a solid piece of felt (you can use an 8×10-inch felt sheet). As your child presses the pieces on, they’ll stick together (creating a DIY felt board). Before your child lets her inner Picasso out, she can craft a realistic portrait. This gives her the chance to name the different facial features, and put them in the correct places.
Remove the felt pieces from the face circle.
Grab our artist report to help kids write down what they learn about famous arists and add a picture of their art project to make a fun keepsake of their homeschool art appreciation class.
Famous artists for kids
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