Process art is not about the results of the work of art, but, as the name implies, the process of creating the art. This is clearly fun and developmentally important for children. As an almost control freak this was very difficult for me at first. When I craft or do diy projects, it’s not done until it’s perfect. I know that this is not okay when it’s with children. Following rules and direction is important, but it is also important to allow children to have their own creative expression. This Foam Stickers & a Rolling Pin Painting Activity for Kids is the essence of allowing creative expression, from start to finish.
I put all of the supplies out for my 4 year old, and let her go. I did give her a little direction. For instance I told her if she puts the stickers on the rolling pin, paints the stickers, and rolls them on the paper it will make a cool design. From that point there was no structure. Sometimes she painted all of the hearts one color, other times she painted the hearts two different colors. It was fun to watch her exploring the activity.
Materials Needed for this Kids Painting Activity:
The way we did this project is by sticking the foam stickers randomly on the rolling pin. She took the sponge paint brushes and brushed paint onto the stickers. Clearly paint got onto the rolling pin also, but I didn’t freak out. It’s all part of the process, right? Once all (or some) of the foam stickers were covered in paint, she rolled it along the paper. Sometimes she wanted to she repeated the process on the same piece of paper, other times she got a new piece of paper.
This was a super easy activity and she enjoyed it quite a bit. It was also easy to clean up as it didn’t make much of a mess. The supplies are inexpensive, especially if you have a rolling pin and paint already. My favorite part of the entire activity was towards the end. I didn’t have a purpose for this art, except to just to do it. Something fun and different for my daughter to do. Something that she could be in control of the activity. When she declared that she was done with her first paper, she said that it was going to be a ‘card for daddy’. I thought it was completely adorable. I helped her write ‘To: Dad’ on it and it easily became a card that he hung on his mirror. It wasn’t meant to be, but my thoughtful little girl decided that’s what it was going to be. Why I Use Crayola Washable Paint: If you haven’t heard about the amazingness of Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint, I’m going to tell you! Since I am very interested in crafting, I hoped that my daughter would be too. I started helping her paint at a very young age. This means in the last 3.5 years I have tried many different types of kid’s paint. Nothing compares to Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint. This paint is creamy and smooth, which makes painting easy. The colors are bold & bright, which allows you to use less at a time. AND let me tell you. I have ruined more clothing (or my daughter has) from claimed ‘washable’ paint. Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint is ACTUALLY WASHABLE! No more ruined items of clothing, carpet, or towels! (I have not been promised money for this opinion..I just really love this paint!!)
I have teamed up with other fantastic bloggers to share fun learning activities for kids, all involving foam stickers! See what they have shared here: Transportation Theme Preschool Activities from Life Over C’s Foam Stickers Process Art from Still Playing School Fill in the Bugs from Learning 2 Walk Valentine’s Day Hearts Decorated with Foam Stickers from Crafty Mama in ME Shape Puzzle with Foam Stickers from Mom Inspired Life DIY I Spy Foam Book by Best Toys 4 Toddlers Foam Sticker & Rolling Pin Painting Project for Kids from Play Dough & Popsicles Letter Sticker Matching Activity from Books and Giggles Foam Sticker Writing Activity from The Kindergarten Connection Foam Stickers Name Puzzles from Teach Me Mommy Broken Hearts Puzzle from Adventures of Adam Seasons Weather Sorting Activity with Foam Stickers from In The Playroom DIY Gameboard Kids Can Make from School Time Snippets Fun Foam Sticker Letter Match Activity from Artsy Momma Sticker Shape Matching from Play & Learn Everyday DIY Maths Game for Kids from Mum in the Mad House