Art can be such a great stress-reliever for kids (and moms), especially for kids who have a hard time expressing their emotions. My sweet nine year old son deals with a lot of anxiety but one of the things that really relaxes him is art. It helps him focus and calms him. He’s always proud of his work (and he’s good too) and I love seeing him focus his nervous energy into something good.
This patterned target art project gives kids a bit of direction while still leaving this a very open-ended art project that allows kids to get creative. The end result looks fantastic and kids can be proud of what they’ve created.
- a copy of this blank target printable
- Colored pencils – For older kids, I like to get good quality colored pencils. These ones from Prismacolor are our favorite.
The idea behind this is that each ring of the target has a different pattern. The end result is they blend together to create a really fun design.
Start on one of the rings (we started on the inside and worked our way out but anything goes with this) and create a pattern. Repeat the pattern all the way around the ring. When you have completed one ring, move onto another one and create a completely new pattern.
Continue until you have filled in all the rings.
Get creative with this. my son made his patterns in pencil and then filled them in to add color.
My son spent hours on this and the repetitive nature of the patterned art was so relaxing for him. He loved seeing the design as it evolved and it was so fun for me to watch him immerse himself in a project.