Do you ever get those cardboard packaging that come in boxes to protect the product and wonder what you can do with them? Lately we’ve been inspired by their shapes to create artwork with them! Check out our most recent Snowflake Painting Process Art Activity!
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Supplies Needed for Snowflake Painting
- cardboard packaging
- blue, white and glitter tempera paint
- paint brushes
- glitter glue
- winter themed pom-poms
- snowflake stickers
- divided tray
- paint tray
Set up for snowflake painting by arranging a divided tray with bits and bobs to add to your snowflakes. Some fun items to include are pom-poms, snowflake stickers, buttons, sequins, and glitter glue! Then pour a small amount of each paint color into a paint tray (plastic egg cartons work great!), set out the cardboard packaging pieces and invite your kids to get creative with you!
Since this is a process art activity there really is no right or wrong way to do it, but to paint similar snowflakes here’s what to do:
- Paint the cardboard snowflake. Allow to dry at least a little.
- Then add embellishments (pom poms, stickers and buttons) with glitter glue!
How to Encourage & Enjoy Process Art with Kids
I wanted to share one of the ways I have encouraged my son to enjoy process art. It’s really easy too! I simply set up the same project for myself and sit down to enjoy creative process art with him! Sometimes we chat as we create but I do not suggest to him how he should work on his project. That is a surefire way to turn him off to art and he will stop right away! Instead I just work on my own project and maybe he will see what I’m doing and be inspired to try it on his own.
If you are worried about making too much of a mess, read my Easy Clean Up Tips for Doing Art, Crafts and Messy Play with Kids.
Learning with Process Art
Creating process art is filled with many great learning opportunities for kids. We have really begun to enjoy process art projects and I worry less about formal academic learning because through these activities kids work on…
- fine motor skills
- color recognition and mixing
- practical life skills
- language and communication skills
- social skills
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