Painting Activities for Preschoolers :: 11 Favorites

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Great list of the best painting activities for preschoolers!Looking for painting activities for your preschoolers?

Here are 11 of our all-time favorites that are process-oriented and developmentally appropriate yet super fun. Everything from spin painting and puffy paint to watercolor resist and shaving cream marbling.

And, bonus! The results are usually pretty cool, too.

First, a quick note about paints.

We use and love a variety of paints, but our favorites for the preschool age are:

Painting Activities for Preschoolers :: 11 Favorites

Spin Painting with Kids

1. Spin painting

Spin painting is such a fun painting activity for preschoolers as well as older children! We use a salad spinner for our spin art, but I’ve seen this done with a special purchased spin art kit as well.

Marble Rolling and Painting with Kids

2. Marble rolling

I don’t know about your kids, but mine love marbles. And painting with paint covered marbles is a favorite that we return to again and again. We’ve even used this technique to make spider webs at Halloween!

Shaving cream marbling with kids

3. Shaving cream marbling

If you haven’t tried shaving cream marbling yet, you must! So fun and so beautiful.

Body Tracing Art Activity with Kids

4. Body tracing and painting

Body tracing art is a lovely way for preschoolers to create self portraits, work on self-image, and to work large.

Splatter Painting with Kids

5. Splatter painting

Who doesn’t love splatter and drip painting? This one is a messier, action-oriented art activity best suited to outdoors.

Car Wheel Painting

6. Wheel and roller painting

Who says you need paint brushes to paint? Try rolling your paint onto paper with a mini paint roller (sold for painting trim) or rolling the wheels of a toy car through a puddle of paint.

Watercolor Techniques for Kids with salt and alcohol

7. Watercolors + salt and alcohol

Kids love to see how watercolors react with different materials! This post has a lot of fun watercolor techniques to try with children.

Watercolor Resist Painting for Kids

8. Watercolor resist painting

A childhood classic, watercolor resist can be done a number of different ways. These artworks are fun to make and beautiful enough to give as gifts.

Squeeze Painting with Puffy Paint

9. Squeeze painting with puffy paint

Puffy paint is easy to make with materials you already have and preschoolers just love squeezing out the paint to make designs.

Salty Watercolors with Kids

10. Salty Watercolors

This is one of these art activities that never grow old. Watch the magic of paint traveling along salt-covered glue lines.

Shaving Cream Painting on the Mirror

11. Shaving cream painting

I couldn’t write a post about favorite art activities for preschoolers without including shaving cream painting! We’ve done this on mirrors, the window, and on poster board.

11 Favorite Painting Activities for Preschoolers

How about you? What are your preschooler’s  favorite painting activities?

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  1. says

    This couldn’t have come at a better time! I am starting a preschool teaching job in a few weeks. We will be doing all of these at some point, I promise. I will let you know how it goes!

  2. says

    Wonderful! As an art teacher of both teenagers, and adults reconnecting with their creativity, I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to let kids get messy while they’re making. Not only is art good for their fine motor skills, it’s important for their sensory development, helps build vocab, is great for their self-esteem, teaches other skills like tidying up… and is just good fun!

    It’s bittersweet to see teens and adults getting so excited about mushing paint around when their fingers because it’s something they missed out on as kids. But then again, it’s never too late to be a kid! :)

  3. says

    Thanks for showing these great ideas! My daughter(4 yr old) favorite is painting using little spray bottles. I put paint and mostly water in a spray bottle and we use stencils! The reveal when we take the stencils off is so exciting! You could go around the house or kitchen to find somethings that could make great stencils if you didn’t have any.. You could also use water colors or gelato shavings and water in the spray bottles. You have to make sure to put a plastic table cloth down and make sure there is nothing near that could get ruined if accidentally sprayed! :)

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