Preschool and the early school years are a time for play and exploration. As parents, we’re told that play is a means by which children process and understand the world around them. Play is not only with toys, on the playground or with friends, but extends into many aspects of learning. Process art is a chance for children to explore new tools and play.
While the results are typically adorable, cookie cutter crafts in which all children produce similar products for their parents (to love and cherish forever) are not always the best way to explore art as an extension of play. Letting children use a particular medium to play is fun and less frustrating (other than clean up time). Children are encouraged and inspired!
Sometimes this involves unconventional uses of non-art related tools, but the learning happens on so many levels!
25+ Best Process Art Activities
Open-Ended Process Art Activities
Using strategically-placed tape, allow children to explore painting with tape resist art. Once the paint dries, peel off the tape to reveal a hidden design. A great way to introduce letters, numbers, and shapes | The Imagination Tree
Try a new painting surface, explore reflections and paint on a mirror!
Have some leftover yarn? Wrapping it around an object is a great fine motor activity, not to mention a great way to explore color. Try these Fall Leaves for a new twist (pun intended) on fall decor | Cutting Tiny Bites
Chalk is always great for kids to explore and try new surfaces.
Avoid the mess, but allow for color exploration when you paint on a light table.
Unconventional Process Art Activities for Kids
Use a toilet paper tube as a stamp to create a fall tree.
Who wouldn’t love painting with a drill?
Gross Motor Process Art Activities
Let your kids listen, feel and watch as they manipulate a box of jingle bells covered in paint
Watch gravity take effect and use the sliding board in a whole new way with sliding board painting | Mess for Less
Collage Process Art Activities
The natural and easy-to-find are our favorite kinds of collage materials. Find some flowers and create a sticky collage
What are your favorite process art activities?