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Process art is one of the best activities to do with your preschoolers. According to NAEYC, process art has cognitive, social, emotional, language, and physical benefits for our littles. It is also super fun and exciting, not only for them, but for us as their caretakers to see the results of their creativity. This coral process art for preschoolers introduces new tools, techniques, and creates an awesome finished result as an added bonus. Let’s create!

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Materials List for process art for preschoolers:

  • Bubble Wrap
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pallet
  • Shape such as toilet paper roll or jar
bubble wrap, scissors, paint, and tape for process art for preschoolers

How to create coral reef process art for preschoolers:

Set up the space with an invitation to create. This is a great project to do after reading the book Over in the Ocean In a Coral Reef. If doing this project with 3-5 year old’s have the bubble wrap already attached to the cylinder.

Attach the bubble wrap to the cylinder.

We used an old Yahtzee shaker for our cylinder, however any shape, whether a block, toilet paper roll, jar, or can will work.

Basically we are creating our own stamp. First wrap the bubble wrap around the shape you plan on using. Then tape the bubble wrap to the sides to keep it secure.

Begin Creating

Begin creating by adding paint to the pallet.

Give your littles the opportunity to choose the colors they want to use for their project.

If you are doing this project with little ones that like to mash their paint, stick to the primaries: red, yellow, and blue. These won’t become muddy even when mixed a little.

Little Miss chose red, pink, green, orange, and purple.

Add paint to bubble wrap

Now, it’s time to start the painting process. Little Miss chose to use a paint brush to apply the paint to the bubble wrap. Little ones could also just dip the bubble wrap in the paint or find another way!

Allow them to go through this process on their own. For those who need a little more direction, you can give suggestions, but allow them to decide how to paint on their own.

After applying paint to the bubble wrap, they can now use it like a stamp on the paper, creating beautiful shapes, colors, and patterns!

What to do next…

When your little one is finished creating, simply set the paper aside to dry. They may go through several pieces of paper and try several different techniques before finishing and this is great!

If you and your little one want to take this project a step further, once the paint is finished drying, they can work their fine motor skills and cut out various shapes to represent coral. These can then be glued to an ocean scene such as this one from our Under the Sea activity plans.

coral reef process art for preschoolers
coral reef process art for preschoolers

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