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6 Family-Friendly Art Projects To Do at Home

Although CMA’s doors are closed to the public temporarily, you can still participate in family-friendly art-making by following along with our How-To Videos! From painting with golf balls to creating eco-friendly puppets, CMA shares 6 family-friendly art projects to do at home. Show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge.

1. Portrait in Layers

What do you see when you look in the mirror? How do the many facets of our personality make us who we are? Use construction paper, markers, glue, cardboard, and transparent sheets to see yourself in a whole new light.

2. Draw What You See

Take a look out your window. Can you see birds on their spring migration routes? Are trees and flowers starting to bloom? Practice the power of observational drawing and bring the natural world into your home.

3. Eco-Friendly Puppets

Performance venues may be closed for now, but the theater lives on! Why not put on your own puppet show with some hand-made eco-friendly puppets of your own? Use a few household materials to develop the cast of your dreams.

4. Tree Bark Rubbings

If you are able, venture outside to a park to collect tree bark. Next, make your own rubbings using construction paper and crayons.

5. Painting with Golf Balls

Sports are on hold for the moment, so let’s invent our own using golf balls, washable paint, and a cardboard box!

6. Flower Magnets

It’s officially Spring! Celebrate the season of botanical blooms by making your very own flower magnet.


While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy.

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