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Build social-emotional skills with art therapy activities for kids ages 6 to 9
Making art is a great way for kids to sort through their emotions and learn how to solve problems in creative ways. This standout choice among art therapy books for kids is filled with activities for you and your child, whether you're looking for a fun weekend activity with high social-emotional value or you need in-the-moment strategies for resolving conflict. Together, you'll learn how to harness the power of art to soothe worries, get organized, ease transitions, and much more!
Lots of ways to get creative—Explore projects organized by artform: drawing and painting, building and sculpting, cutting and pasting, dancing and music making, and acting and storytelling.
Art therapy activities made easy—Each activity includes a list of materials, step-by-step instructions, and helpful tips. Keep an eye out for discussion questions to inspire deeper conversations with your child!
Simple materials—There's no need to buy fancy or expensive materials for these activities! You might even have most of them on hand, like paper, pens, construction paper, and a device to play music.
Encourage good behavior and help your child thrive with Art Therapy Activities for Kids!
About the Author
ERICA CURTIS, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and board-certified art therapist with a private practice in Southern California. She is an award-winning author, internationally sought speaker, and consultant on creative approaches to well-being. Erica has been cited in over 100 media outlets. She’s also a mom of three. Learn more about Erica at therapywitherica.com.
"As a therapist and mom, I've found it can be challenging for kids to talk about their emotional states. Erica Curtis makes talking about feelings easy with her inventive and insightful worksheets that inspire kids to unleash their emotions through markers, paint, poems, and doodles. Every fun worksheet will inspire your child with art-based activities, while also sparking insight into new concepts and deeper themes. This is a must-read for parents seeking creative and engaging tools to explore together with their kids!" —Risa Williams, therapist and author of The Ultimate Anxiety Toolkit and The Ultimate Time Management Toolkit
"Everyone with children in their life should have this book! Art is a child's natural way of expressing themselves and this book gives parents, caregivers, and people who work with children the tools to learn how to use this language to build better, stronger relationships. Erica's talent to brilliantly translate the science behind art therapy shines throughout the pages, lighting the way for adults to learn how to use creativity and the arts as a tool to improve children's lives." —Nadia F. Paredes Guapo, licensed marital and family therapist & registered art therapist
"When children are most upset, they're least able to think and speak rationally. Art therapist Erica Curtis offers a treasure trove of creative, easy, and fun ways to help children navigate feelings and conflicts when words alone are not working. I've gotten miraculous results with my grandkids!" —Ping Ho, MA, MPH, founder and director of UCLArts & Healing