First off, while reading The Artful Parent a few weeks, I came across five ideas:
* Draw to music. Listen to different types of music and have kids draw what they interpret. Try everything from Bach to the Beatles to Frozen.To celebrate back-to-school, today's giveaway is from Yoobi, a new school supply brand. They have fun, bright art tools that are perfect for little hands. We especially love their non-toxic crayons, washable markers and pretzel erasers.
* Fill in faces. Draw a few circles on a piece of paper and have children fill them in with faces.
* Trace shapes. Have your child trace various objects—kitchen tools, stuffed animals—then fill them in.
* Create your own connect-the-dots. Draw a shape out of dots, which your child can then trace.
* Draw on different things. Instead of paper, have kids draw or paint other things, like leaves, newspapers, rocks or any other interesting items you can find.
And Yoobi's mission "One for You, One for Me" is amazing. Many kids in the U.S. don't have school supplies unless teachers pay for them out of pocket, so for every item you purchase, Yoobi will donate an item to a classroom in need. (You can read more about their story here.)
Today, Yoobi is offering one reader a giant box of school supplies, filled with everything you'd need for school (or your office). To enter, please sign up for Yoobi's newsletter and leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. Good luck! Update: the winner has been emailed. Thanks for playing!
P.S. Toby's first-ever day of school—he was so teeny!
(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Yoobi, a brand whose products and mission I love)