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6 Fun Art Projects You Can Do At Home Using Household Materials!

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 ice cubes to embossing with foil, let your creativity run wild. Below, find 6 fun projects you can do using household materials. Show us what you come up with using the hashtag #cmanychallenge.

1. Embossing With Foil

Use cardboard, glue, markers, and foil to learn the art of embossing.

2. Family Trading Cards

Is the whole family together at home? Use construction paper and markers to create a personality card for everyone in your family. Trade cards with each other to create your own card game!

3. The Drawing Game

The Drawing Game is another great activity to do while everyone is home together. Take turns creating the body of a creature and see what you can come up with together!

4. Face the Future

Harness the power of optimism and sketch the future that you want to see in the world. Don’t forget to share with your family and friends and let them know what we can do to make this future a reality!

5. Ice Cube Paintings

Make beautiful watercolor paintings using ice cubes and food coloring.

6. Protector Shields

Honor the doctors, nurses, emergency personnel, subway conductors, and grocery store clerks who are keeping us safe and healthy by creating their very own protector shields!


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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