It sounds to me like sketchbooks would be a solution to give your kids
an instant warmup/start to every day. You would have to have a list of
sketchbook assignments for them, but I would also let them use the time
in their sketchbooks to choose their own topics, at least sometimes,
once they see the types of things you want them to put in sketchbooks.
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.