Architect/Artist Activities & Resources: Ages 8-10

Feb 01, 2013




Thinking visually and planning spatially are strengths for your Architect/Artist.  Most Architect/Artists are visual learners and benefit from seeing what is desired or expected.  Try some of these activities that will cater to your child’s orientation to learning.

  • Many Architect/Artists are drawn to multimedia projects.  Help your child go further with basic tools to enhance her skills and foster her passion.  For example, with watercolors, there are a number of different effects you can create with simple add-ons.  Sprinkling salt atop wet paint creates a sandy texture; taping down shapes before you paint or using crayons or wax creates a watercolor resist in the covered parts; dripping water or another color on wet paint creates interesting textures and runs.  Encourage your child to explore a media she enjoys and take it to the next level.
  • Photojournaling: Let your child’s visual eye be their entre into writing.  Invite her to take digital photos or find interesting Creative Commons images online.  Use this as a starting point for a story, poem, detailed description, or other written “production.”
  • Tap into your child’s visual talent by having her learn more about optical illusions. You can also use optical illusions to foster perspective-taking skills.  Check out some fun illusions on this page:
  • To foster math in a visual way, get two ice trays and write 2-digit numbers in each hole.  Have your child toss a bead in each tray and add, subtract, multiply, or divide the two numbers, depending on what your child is working on.
  • Fraction War: Have more fun visual math with Uno(R) cards.  On the count of 3, have each player turn over two cards, one above the other (like a fraction) and see whose fraction is greater.
  • Bring your child’s way of thinking to school:  Create projects where she paint historical scenes or make clay models or tools used by historical cultures.
  • There are many online resources for Architect/Artist children.  Check out some of these:
  • Intuitive drag-and-drop comic-making site where your child can make individual frames or collections into books.  You can upload your own images/photos, or use their extensive library. 
  • Super intuitive video creation site.  Simply upload images, drag into order, add text if desired, select music or upload your own and the program will make a wonderfully professional looking video for you. Free!
  • Make any character come alive with this Character Scrapbook Interactive.  Kids can choose hair, eyes, clothes, etc.  Screen grab it or print it out.
  • Allow your child to get playful and express themselves with Scholastic’s Write a Caption interactive site.  The most creative and well written captions get posted each week on the site, so come back often!
  • Explore set membership with these fun games: or
  • Invention at Play: Check out this website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Collaborate, explore, and engage in visual thinking!
  • Math Live: Animated and engaging, this may be just what your visual learner was looking for to get more into math!:
  • Your Architect/Artist thinks visually.  Check out, a site that demonstrates math problems visually.
  • For a wonderfully animated math dictionary presented visually, take a look at
  • For a great visual dictionary, don’t miss Visuwords!  Make vocabulary learning visual with this site, where they can also contribute to the video “library:”
  • Virtual Museums:  Explore 17 art museums through  Want to go deeper?  Explore this collection of multimedia interactive features:  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art                     
  • Even language-based activities can be enhanced with a strong visual component.  Take a look at for some good learning fun! You will need to engage in a series of clicks to unlock the questions, and most of the strategy-work is nonverbal…Good Luck!
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