more fun and fast family art projects

Beam with pride at your little one's artistic creations and add to your family's home gallery

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For these preschool projects, all you'll need is paint, paper & your child's imagination.
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1. Collage Making

Using colored paper and pages from a magazine or newspaper, help your child cut out different shapes such as circles, squares, triangles, diamonds, etc. Then, your child can use a glue stick to adhere the shapes onto white paper anywhere they want. They may want to create a pattern or abstract design, or even a landscape scene or person! This activity is a great way to introduce your child to collage as a type of art. You may want to show your youngsters examples of collages found online first to help inspire them.
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2. Ice Cube Painting

Take an ice cube tray and fill it with water, adding food coloring to each cube compartment. You can make one cube each of red, yellow, and blue and then mix those colors in the rest of the compartments to teach your child about mixing colors. Let them try mixing colors to see what happens. When the ice cube tray is full, cover it with plastic wrap and stick a toothpick in each cube. Place in the freezer, and when frozen, pop each cube out for your child to paint with on white paper.
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3. Landscape Wall Murals

Tape pieces of paper together or use a roll of paper to create a large canvas on the wall of a playroom (or any room you choose) that is near a window. Have your child look outside, and then help them lightly sketch out the scene They can then either finish the drawing or go to town with painterly flourishes.
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4. Water Painting

Fill a shallow pan with water and dip a piece of paper into it. Let most of the water drip off the paper back into the tray and then place the wet paper on some newspaper. While the paper is still wet your child can use acrylics or other water-based paints to create a design with a paintbrush or their fingers. The wet paper will cause the colors to blur together for a fun and unique result.
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5. Stone Painting

Help your child collect smooth, flat stones from your backyard or while on a walk around the neighborhood. After collecting, help kids clean and dry the stones. Once dry, your child can paint the stones, experimenting with using only one color or many different colors. When they are dry, they can be used as paperweights and ornaments.
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6. Different Strokes

Tape a piece of paper onto a flat surface and show your child different ways to apply paint to paper--brushing, dabbing, flicking, dripping, long strokes, short strokes, and scraping. Encourage your child to use different tools to apply the paint like brushes, sponges, spoons, forks, cotton swabs, crumpled paper, and even their fingers.
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7. Pop Art Ice Cream Cones

Make a picture just like one by Andy Warhol! Draw simple outlines of four ice cream cones on a large piece of paper, two cones on top and two on bottom. Then have your child fill them in using paint in bright, primary colors. Once the painting has dried, mount it on a piece of black poster paper and--tada!--you've made preschool pop art!
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