Hands-on fun kids arts and crafts for preschoolers and kindergartners to promote fine motor control, spark creativity and imagination.
There is nothing more special than crafting with your little one while expressing creativity and sparking imagination! Little people LOVE to be creative and they focus on the PROCESS rather than the END. I hope you will find these KIDS ARTS and CRAFTS useful in keeping the little hands busy and minds happy. Besides, for a lot of these activities, you will be using items around your home!
Process Art is a very exciting modern form of art that works great with children since it is all about the process rather than a result. The Guggenheim states “process art emphasizes the ‘process‘ of making art”. As such, process art is all about the experience children are having while they are expressing their creativity! The MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) explains that “in process art, the means count for more than the ends.” So, let your child’s imagination, ingenuity, and creativity go wild while they are happily engaged in the PROCESS of ART.
POPCORN CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE
See details HERE.
Process art is an amazing technique that can be modified for any season or a holiday. Fine grain, salt, bread crumbs, oats worked best for us, but do let your imagination go wild! Today, we painted a 🍄textured mushroom using expired breadcrumbs, oats, and watercolors. Download your mushroom template here ~ find more free printables here. I have very detailed instructions on how to make a similar art here 🐝Goldenrod 🌼Flower DIY Craft Process Art • Oatmeal & Salt 🖌Painting.
Goldenrod 🌼Flower DIY
See here 🐝Goldenrod 🌼Flower DIY Craft Process Art • Oatmeal & Salt 🖌Painting
Scarlet Sails is one of the classic tales I remember since childhood, and it will always have a special place in me. A wonderful, magical romance about a girl who is promised true love, then persecuted for her dreams, only to have those dreams come sweetly true. I have not read the story to Adrian yet (he is 4 yo), but he is obsessed with transportation: land and sea, so painting a sailboat with red scarlet sails was very exciting!
With this KIDS ARTS and CRAFTS, the process is very similar to the jellyfish art below, except that we also used quinoa (white and red) for the wooden part of the boat. Also, you will need salt (which adds texture), hot glue gun which gives the painting a 3D effect and watercolors. I traced the outline of the boat with a glue gun, and the rest was Adrian’s creativity expressed. Watercolors are very forgiving, so your four-year-old can do it too! If you are interested in the process ~ see details here.
Texture Raised Jellyfish
3D Jellyfish Process Art
See here 3D Jellyfish 💦Watercolor Hot Glue Texture Raised Salt Painting Process Art
☀️Sun 🖼 KIDS ARTS and CRAFTS
Have you tried Sun Art? It is a type of “shade art” and is super fun to do with your little ones. First, decide what objects would you like to have the imprint of? We have collected fallen leaves and flowers and I offered children to arrange them on a special SunArt paper.
Expose your arrangement to direct sunlight (1 – 5 min depending on the sun’s strength). Then, slide the acrylic sheet that held everything together. The SunArt paper will turn light blue, while the shadow of the objects will turn darker. A MUST: quickly rinse with water or your image will eventually fade (to obtain a darker image, add a few drops of lemon juice to the water). Frame your Sun Art. We used this tape to give our art a frame.
🍂Nature 🍃Inspired KIDS ARTS and CRAFTS
Inspired by Nature Anatomy book, today, children enjoyed “printing patterns” of different leaves. First, offer your child to make an arrangement from leaves on a paper. You will then take each leaf, cover one side with paint using a paintbrush, then carefully place that leaf paint-face down on a paper, cover with another piece of scrap paper and carefully roll over with a roller or a brayer.
Make sure to cover the leaf you are rolling over with a paper to prevent staining the roller or a brayer.
We also added glitter to the paint while it was still wet to give it a sparkling effect. Frame your nature-inspired art and your child’s masterpiece is ready to decorate a wall!
Hapa Zome 🌿Leaf Dye
HAPA ZOME PROCESS ART
See here Hapa Zome 🌿Leaf Dye Process 🎨Art 🌸Flower 🔨Hammering.
DIY Seasons❄️🌸🌳🍂Trees Craft
This is a super fun art/craft for kids to express creativity while learning about seasons, as they can hands-on see the change and understand the nature’s cycle. Adrian is almost five and finger painting is still as fun as when he was two years old! Sprinkle some glitter while the paint is still wet and viola! 📥Download the black and white Tree pdf printable here. Print two copies and cut each in half. Offer your child to “decorate” each tree by using fingers (or a paintbrush) to represent each season! Have fun while learning and creating!
MAGIC PAPER BLOOMING FLOWER TRICK
See details HERE.
3D Napkin Flower Craft
3D NAPKIN CRAFT
See details here 3D Napkin Flower Craft.
3D TEXTURED BLUE FLOWER
See here 3D Cotton Flower Craft .
SALT PAINTING PROCESS ART
See here a video 🖌️Painting with Salt! Art & Science 101 Series.
12 🌻Sunflowers Tissue Paper Craft
See details here in a post as a tribute to Van Gogh’s Birthday, Adrian making 12 🌻Sunflowers Tissue Paper Recycled Cardboard Roll Paper-Mache Craft.
DIY Tissue Paper Flower 💐 Bouquet
This 💐bouquet of flowers can be a perfect 💞Mother’s Day or a 🎉Birthday 🎁 Gift (👧🏻Julia and 👦🏼Adrian made these 💐flowers for Daddy’s Birthday Day this week). This craft is very simple: all you need is tissue paper and pipe cleaners. We also noted a bead in the middle of the flower to resemble a”male” or pollen-bearing part called the stamen. This flower craft is very similar to the one 🌻 above, which Adrian made when he was 3 yo ~ ✂️🔸📌poke 🔸slide 🔸🌼crunch ~ see here how he made it in a post ” 🎨Van Gogh Inspired 12 🌻Sunflowers Tissue Paper ♻️ Cardboard Roll Paper Mache ✂️Craft.” For more Spring Inspired activities, see here 🌸Spring Inspired Themed Unit Study.
🌈Rainbow Walking Water Flower Craft
See here 🖌Markers ☕Coffee Filters 🌈Rainbow Walking 💦Water ⌛️Timelapse Kids ⚗️Science Capillary Action
See here a 🎥video-post 👔 Father’s Day🎈Balloon Color-mixing DIY Craft.
I Love You 🚀To The 🌙 Moon
See HERE To the Moon and Back Card.
White Crayon Secrete Message
See here a 🎥 video-post 👔 Father’s Day Craft 🎥 Magically Appearing 🙈Secret 🖌Message
See here Pixel Art Fusible Craft Beads for Children
FAMILIAR MATERIALS BRUSH PROCESS ART
Familiar Materials Process Art See here a 🎥 video “🌼Nature 🌲🍂 Objects & Pom-Poms Process 🎨 Art.”
Paper Towel & Markers-Art
See HERE Paper Towel Chromatography PROCESS ART.
PAPER FLOWER KIDS ARTS and CRAFTS
PAPER Hyacinth FLOWER
See here ♻️Recycled ✂️DIY 🌸Spring Flower Craft
See here 💐Mothers Day 🎁Flowers ✂️DIY 🌼Daffodil Bouquet Tissue Paper Craft
SOLAR POWERED KIDS ARTS and CRAFTS
Shadow-tracing is SO fun and it is a great way to promote fine motor control and dexterity! On a regular day, either in the morning (8 a.m.) or late afternoon (4 p.m.), set up a table in a sunny spot where long shadows will be cast. Let the shadow be your child’s guide and offer your child to trace the outline of the shadow.
I offered Adrian 💚green paper since the animal he picked is a zebra (from Africa), and in a Montessori curriculum, continents are color-coded: for example, 🌍Africa is always 💚green. Adrian is using these extra large thick core coloring pencils by Lyra which are his absolute favorite!
MARBLED KIDS ARTS and CRAFTS
Egg Bunting Banner
See here 🐰Easter 🐣Egg Bunting Banner Shaving Cream 🎨Marbled Paper ✂️Craft.
PLEASE ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR CHILD!
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