Process Art for Preschoolers

Process art is a favorite activity around here...really any kind of art is a favorite.  But today we are talking about process art.  Process art is creating art without having an end 'product' in mind. It develops so many different skills.  I have seen first hand how process art just really encourages creativity in a preschooler, and that is my favorite part.  We live in a world where we are told how things should look, so I think teaching kids to be creative plays a huge role in teaching them to think for themselves. It is an opportunity for them to decide what they want their art to look like.

There are so many great ideas out there for different ways to incorporate process art.  Just do a quick pinterest or google search and you will immediately have tons of ideas at your fingertips. Our favorite recent process art experience gave us a full afternoon of fun.  Here are the details:

What you need:

  • butcher paper
  • paper plates (for paint)
  • paint (we only used 3 colors)
  • ice cream cones
  • forks

What to do:

Set all materials out and let your child create.  The point of this is to not really give any instructions.  The only instruction I give is that the entire piece of paper needs to be filled. As you can see in the next picture, sometimes we start out really slow.


After encouragement, Emma almost always gets really involved in the 'process'. She really enjoyed this out of the box process art experience.  I really enjoyed watching her creative process come to life. 


I really encourage you to set up a process art experience for your kiddos.  This was a great afternoon activity that we all enjoyed. 

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Water Gun Painting

For years I have been wanting to try all of the fun water gun art projects you see in Pinterest.  We finally had an opportunity while visiting family in Mississippi.  This was seriously SO much fun! You definitely need to add this to your Summer Bucket List!

Water Gun Painting- Fun process art for toddlers, preschoolers, and older children--even adults! This is a great Summer Bucket List Activity

What you need: 

  • butcher paper, posters, or something else to 'paint' on
  • tape (to hang paper)
  • water guns
  • paint (we used acrylic, but I recommend this)
  • water 

What you do:

Hang paper outside. Be very thoughtful about where you hang your paper.  The paint will not stay on the paper.  It will make a bit of a mess. We attached ours to some tree branches away from the house.

Fill the water guns with a paint and water mixture.  The first time I made the mixture too watery.  You want it to be a little bit thicker...the paper will tear if it gets too wet.

Let your child go to town! Emma really got into this.  She also wanted me to help some, so I did!


We had so much fun doing this, and I really loved the end product.  We plan to use these as decorations for her Birthday party (look for that post next week). BUT, this would make really cute wall art for a playroom or kid's room!