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Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable.

KinderArt® features many activities and lesson plans which have proven successful with children and adults with disabilities.

In order to help those who work with special children and adults, we have listed a few appropriate activities here in one place.

In addition, at the bottom of this page, we have provided you with links to resources specifically designed for children and adults with special needs.

If you have some ideas/tips to share, please send them to us.


Depending on their level of ability, children and adults with disabilities will be able to attempt the following activities. You are the best judge of what the people in your care are capable of. Remember to always have patience and encourage students to do ask much as they can on their own. There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction that comes with being able to complete tasks on your own - always keep that in mind. The key is to keep levels of ability in mind at all times and remember to be supportive - every step of the way. For those with visual impairment, tactile activities are imperative (clay, masks, puppets, etc.)

Crayon Resist
Students can use crayons and paint to make delightful crayon resist pictures. We used fish as our theme but you can use any image you wish.
Leaf by Leaf
Students can create a tree using different leaf cut outs. This is a project which can be adapted for a wide range of ages and abilities including adults with physical, perceptual and cognitive challenges.

Musical Art
By drawing or painting to music, students will learn to identify the similarities between music and art.

Shoe Fish
Students will use the outline of their shoe as the basic shape for a fish.
A Blotto Fun
A blotto is kind of like a snowflake --- no two will ever be the same.
Color the Snow
This is an easy and entertaining way to teach kids about primary and secondary colors while they giggle and smile.
Corn Meal and Powder Paint
Using texture to create art.

Crepe Paper Blots
You can use crepe paper streamers to making beautiful designs.

Emotion Painting
Students will gain an understanding of how much of a role emotion plays in artmaking as they create paintings based on feelings.
Spray Paint Mural
An outdoor, warm weather activity that teaches young children about color mixing.
Spreading Paint with a Popsicle® Stick
Using paint, wax paper, popsicle sticks and more, KinderArtists will explore different techniques for art expression.
Tissue Paper Butterflies
Students will create a butterfly using tissue paper and coffee filters.
Fruit and Veggie Prints
This is a form of printmaking that can be done with all ages -- even adults!
Monoprinting is a process whereby only one print is pulled from the printing plate.
Hands That Touch the Heart
Using handprints to make personalized art objects.

Tasty Paint
With this recipe, it's okay if the kids eat their art supplies!

Sponge Painting
Students will use sponges as painting tools.

Whipped Cream Finger Paint
Use whipped cream to make an edible paint for your kids.

Make Your Own Art Supplies at the KinderArt Kitchen
Includes homemade art supply recipes including clay and dough.
Play with Clay
Here you can find out all about working with clay.

There are many art lesson plans to be found at KinderArt® Visit our SITEMAP to see what we have to offer...

Very Special Children

The following is an excerpt from KinderArt: Born to Create by Andrea Mulder-Slater and Jantje Blokhuis-Mulder

© Andrea Mulder-Slater, Jantje Blokhuis-Mulder


Making Art Special
A guide to teaching art to children with cognitive and motor disabilities in a classroom or other setting. Includes over fifty, full color, illustrated lessons, with step-by-step instructions, as well as helpful information for creating your own lessons.

Art for All-II : The Practice : Developing Art in the Curriculum With Pupils With Special Educational Needs

Making Sense of Art: Sensory-Based Art Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Special Artists Handbook: Art Activities and Adaptive Aids for Handicapped Students



Very Special Arts

Teaching Special Kids: On-Line Resources for Teachers

Learning Abilities Books
Explore educational resources for children, teachers, parents, and homeschoolers regarding regular and special education in Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

Special Education News
News from Washington and around the country affecting preK-12 special education professionals of all types.
Joanne Proctor is your contact for teaching material:

American Art Therapy Association

Special Education

National Institute of Arts and Disabilities