Preschool Art Activities
Welcome to my favorite subject, preschool art. What a wonderful way for your child to express himself and develop his creativity.
Art projects don’t have to be complicated, but as simple as giving your child a pile of crayons and paper,
and letting him have at it.
My little tips
-Make a preschool art box with a variety of supplies:
crayons, colored pencils, chalk, paint, glitter, puff paint, makers, colored pencils, construction paper,
tissue paper, scissors, glue or anything else your can think of.
-Display your child’s finished preschool art project, so everyone can admire his work.
-Don’t force your child to color in the lines, but let his creative juices flow.
Preschool Art Notebook
Have your child glue construction paper onto the notebook. Help him write his name
and let him color it. He can also glue pictures of himself or favorite things on the covers.
Now your child has a notebook he can fill up with his own artwork.
beans or noodles
Have your child draw a picture on a piece of construction paper. Spread a layer of glue over the picture, then let your child put beans onto
the glue. Let the glue dry. To speed up drying, put it in the oven on low. Then, tip the picture over to let the beans that didn't stick
Crazy Wet Noodle Art
cooked spaghetti noodles
Give your child a pile of cooked noodles. Make sure the noodles are cold and still damp. Then let him stick the noodles onto paper.
Preschool Art Bubble Poppers
Give your child a piece of construction paper. Blow bubbles and have him catch the bubbles on the paper.
Build a Book
pieces of paper
magazines, newspapers, phone books
Fold the papers in half and punch two holes on the folded side. Tie yarn through the holes to
hold the book together. Have your child look through magazines, newspapers or phone books and cut out the pictures he wants.
He can then color the book, add stickers or whatever else he wants to do. You can make books about a letter, numbers, colors,
shapes, animals, or your child’s favorite things. Try having your child tell a story while you write it down.
Invisible Ink Art
lemon or lime juice
q-tips or paint brushes
Pour the juice into a bowl and let your child paint with it. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When your child's picture is done,
put it in the oven for a couple of minutes, until the juice turns brown.
Hide and Seek Bag
This is a fun and easy to make little game. All you need is a zip-lock bag, small items and some rice. If you want, you can write all the items down and then tell your child which one he needs to find, or you can just let them see what they can find on their own. Just load the bag with the items, then fill the bag up with rice. Make sure to not fill it up too much, you want it to be pretty loose inside. Close it up and it's ready to go. Have fun!
Crayon Material Art
blank t-shirt or pillowcase
iron and ironing board
Give each child a t-shirt or pillow case and let him color it with crayons.
When finished, place a piece of paper on the material and iron.
Preschool Art Collages
colored paper, magazines, newspapers, phone books
Let your child cut out the pictures or colored paper and glue on paper.
Also try making small collages and then tape them all together.
Color O Necklace
fruit loop cereal
Tie a knot at the end of a piece of yarn and
let your child put the cereal on the yarn.
Construction Paper Shadows
Collect items from outside or around the house. Place the objects on the paper and leave outside in the sun until the paper is bleached.
Remove the objects and there will be a shadow left.
fun things to paint with: sponge, yarn, eraser, cotton balls,
shoe lace, buttons or anything else you can think of
Let your child experiment painting with fun items.
red, yellow and blue food coloring
Put in each of the bowls some white frosting. Explain that the primary colors are red, yellow and blue.
Add a drop of each color in a bowl and let the children stir it. Then explain that you mix the primary colors
to get the secondary colors. Then mix red and yellow to make orange, blue and yellow to make green and red and blue to make purple.
Then let the children decorate a cupcake with the frosting. Then give each child a candle to put on top.
Firework Straw Art
Add a lot of water to each watercolor. Give your child a paper and a straw.
Have him drop a color on his paper with a paintbrush, then blow the color with the straw to spread it across the paper.
objects to put on the necklace: cereal, beads, cut shapes or pictures
Tie a knot at the end of the yarn, then let your child put objects on the necklace.
You can try cutting out different shapes, punch a hole and put on the string. Tie both ends together when your child is done.
Mirrored Painting Project
Fold a piece of paper in half and let your child paint one side. When he is finished, while the paint is still wet, fold the
blank side on top of the painted side. Press the two sides together and open up. You should have a mirrored image. Let your child
look at the painting and see what he thinks it looks like. Then he can color the new image.
Give each child a paper plate with a circle drawn on it and a pile of marshmallows. Help them stack the marshmallows
in a dome to make an igloo. Use frosting to stick them together.
Preschool Art Play Dough
3 cups flour
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup salt
2 T oil
Optional: food coloring
Knead all the ingredients together. Add more flour or water to get the consistency you want.
2 cups flour
1/2 cup hot water
To make the dough, kneed 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup hot water, until it holds together.
If it is too dry add more water, too sticky add more flour. Let your child sculpt whatever he wants.
Heat oven to 400 degrees and place sculptures on a cookie sheet. Cook from 2-5 minutes, depending on the size.
Let it cool, then paint.
Sculpting Dough Smellers
Gingerbread Play Dough: add cinnamon and nutmeg
Peppermint Play Dough: add peppermint and glitter
Erin R., Florida
Shoe Box Projects
things to decorate box: different papers, paint, crayons, stickers
Boxes are wonderful things and can be transformed into anything. Try making a mail box, car, tv, valentines box,
space ship, computer, or whatever your imagination comes up with, making wonderful preschool art.
things to decorate sock: buttons, puff paint, markers, material and glue
Help your child decorate their sock however he wants. Try making animals, people, or cool gloves.
Have your child place a paper on an object with some texture. Then have him use his crayon and scribble on the paper. Go on a hunt
to find fun textures in the house and outside.
black construction paper
Explain that some stars are part of constellations and show your child pictures of some. Give your child a black piece of construction paper
and a thumb tack. Have him put his paper on carpet and let him poke holes in the paper to make stars.
You can also let him add some glitter to his paper. Then tape the picture up on a window.
Wax Paper Stained Glass
Cut wax paper into two equal pieces. Tape one piece to a hard surface and let your child color.
Put the other piece of wax paper on top of the colored one and iron both sides. Don’t use steam.
Make a frame with the construction paper. Tape the wax paper to the frame and attach it to a window to display.
X Stick Men
six popsicle sticks
crayons or markers
pipe cleaner arms
Let your child color the sticks with crayons or markers. When finished, glue the two sticks to make an x. Add goggly eyes and pipe cleaner arms.
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