I love browsing my local library for fun arts and crafts books. I recently came across a great book for parents that are looking to start introducing art to their children or make it a more regular part of their day to day lives. The book is "The Artful Parent" by Jean Van't Hul, she is really passionate about children and their art. She has a website at www.artfulparent.com where she shares 100s of art ideas for kids.
This book walks parents through the process of introducing children to art. She instructs you on what materials you need, a way to create an art space in your home and talks about art and child development.
As an art educator I thought this book was great for parents and teachers. The projects are based on exploratory art instead of making art to replicate subjects. All the projects have endless possible outcomes, which means that you can create them over and over again without your children getting bored. I also appreciated that she gave an age range for each of her projects.
I am looking forward to creating some of these projects with my daughter soon. Check this book out at your local library or purchase it here at amazon.com.