I love doing art with my children, and I love it even more when the whole process is easy and fun for everyone. I find process art activities are one of the best ways to achieve that. Here’s a huge list of easy preschool art projects for you to try out with your children.
Easy Preschool Art Projects – My Definition.
I set a few requirements for the projects included in this list.
- I wanted mainly process art activities, rather than crafts with a very rigid, specific outcome. (For more about process art for kids, take a look at this post.)
- I’ve only added things that use supplies you probably already have or will be able to get hold of easily.
- Everything is quick and easy to set up, and not too challenging when it comes to clean-up.
- Finally, I wanted to choose activities that would work for a range of different ages.
I hope you’ll be inspired to try at least a couple of these easy preschool art projects. I think you’ll also find your own ways to tweak the ideas to make slightly different art projects, perhaps by changing the materials, or by gearing it towards a particular theme that your kids are interested in.
Easy Process Art Projects For Preschoolers.
1. Leaf Printing.
These leaf prints are beautiful, especially for such a simple activity. It’s a great way for children to learn about colour mixing. They’ll also quickly figure out how much paint to apply to get the best results – not too much and not too little.
There are all kinds of different things you can use for print-making if you’d like a change from leaves. What about fruit and vegetable prints? Or try making prints from the things you find in your recycling box?
2. Crumpled Paper Art
These beautiful watercolour images remind me of tie-dye (which, of course, is another fun process art activity to try with your children).
There’s plenty of fine motor practice in this easy preschool art project as well, with all the crumpling and uncrumpling of paper, and painting the surface of the crumpled ball.
I love that this is one of those activities where you don’t really expect to control the outcome. Everyone gets to experience the surprise of their artwork as they smooth out the paper.
3. Valentine Collages.
Here’s an activity that would be really easy to adapt to any number of different themes or interests.
These Valentine collages demonstrate the value in limiting the supplies you offer. (Also known as how to avoid everything ending up brown!)
By providing just a few paint colours, and being mindful of colour mixing rules, you can manipulate the finished effect while still retaining the freedom of process art.
Obviously, this version uses hearts to keep with the Valentine’s theme, but it would work beautifully with ocean-themed stickers, dinosaurs, or any other interest your child has.
4. Ice Art.
Activities using ice are a great addition to your sensory play arsenal.
Learn Play Imagine has this wonderful post containing several different ice art activities.
These are the perfect easy preschool art projects for summertime fun!
5. Fizzy Paintings.
The chemical reaction between bicarbonate of soda and vinegar is endlessly fascinating, and not just for preschoolers.
These fizzy paintings offer a great way to explore the reaction with an easy art project.
Children get to see the reaction taking place right on their paper, and they’ll also learn about colour mixing as the fizzing causes the paints to blend together.
Don’t forget to take photos of their art before and after adding the vinegar, so they get to see the difference. It’s hard to remember what something used to look like.
6. Painting On Foil.
Sometimes all you need to do is change up the surface you’re working on, and it becomes a whole different experience.
This foil painting activity is one of those times.
The smooth, slippery surface feels different to the paper your children are probably used to painting on. The light reflects off the foil, adding another element of difference.
Using Sharpies on kitchen foil is another fun art experience you can offer as well.
7. Spin Art.
8. Salt Painting.
Making art with liquid watercolours and salt is a wonderful crossover between art and science.
Also, like a lot of science-based art projects, it has that ‘magic’ element that children find so engaging.
This is process art at it’s best. Mesmerisingly engaging for all ages, and with plenty of space for you to experiment and manipulate the effect created.
9. Sidewalk Chalk Puddles.
Can you honestly look at this picture and tell me it doesn’t look like fun?
I definitely want a go!
These beautiful process art puddles using sidewalk chalk are great for gross motor skills, and a brilliant way to burn off a bit of energy.
There’s something special about the kind of art that’s not meant to be kept.
Activities like this can work beautifully for children with perfectionist tendencies since they know that whatever they produce will be gone with the next rainstorm, or when you turn the hose on them.
10. Hammered Nature Art.
It’s great to give children the opportunity to learn to use tools safely.
This printing activity lets them use a hammer to make a piece of art from the natural pigments found in flowers and leaves.
This would be a great follow-up to a scavenger hunt, letting you use up some of their finds.
There’s also a lot of opportunity for scientific discussion here. Let the children predict what they think will happen when they take the hammer to the leaves. Are they surprised by the colours produced?
11. Roller Painting.
Another addition to my list of easy preschool art activities that provides an opportunity for developing gross motor skills.
Roller painting lets your child experiment with big tools and a big sheet of paper to create big art.
I love that this process art activity introduces a tool that your children might not be familiar with. It’s a different way of applying paint to a surface, and it gives them a chance to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
Be prepared to go through a LOT of paper with this one!
For another BIG art idea, check out my post on making a ginormous piece of collaborative art with your kids.
12. Miniature Canvas Art.
From one extreme to the other!
Once you’ve made some BIG art, why not try the other end of the scale and create something tiny?
Using canvas to paint on has that ‘real artist’ feel about it, and it feels different, special, less disposable than the reams of printer paper you might get through in ‘ordinary’ art projects.
I love how these tiny canvas paintings look in the arrangement shown here. So beautiful!
Which One Will You Try First?
Whichever of these easy preschool art projects you choose to try out first, I hope you’ll have as much fun as your children do.
Everything on this page has been selected because it’s easy to do and impossible to get wrong.
A huge part of enjoying art with our children is about relaxing expectations and learning to go with the flow. Actually, that’s a huge part of enjoying life with our children, isn’t it?
There’s plenty of time for mass-produced, cookie-cutter crafts where every child in a class brings home an identical gingerbread man, or whatever.
This art is different.
This art is about playful experimentation. It’s about trying something and seeing what happens.
I hope you’ll get your hands dirty along with the kids.
Not ready to get creative just yet? Pin this post for another day.