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Process art with unique painting tools

In a previous blog post we talked about the importance of process art for kids, which simply means focusing on the creative process, rather than on the finished product.

These process art activities use a variety of unique painting tools to create some wonderful works of art.  They teach kids how they can use common materials and objects in different ways and experiment with different patterns, textures and colour combinations.

All you need to do is give your kids the paint, paper and tools and let them explore and create to their heart’s content.

process art with unique painting tools

You can use all sorts of different household items to make your own homemade paint brushes – just clip them to a wooden clothes peg and start painting! Great for fine motor practice, these fun ideas are from Babble dabble do – which one will be your kids’ favourite?


For this activity, you just need an old credit card/gift card/loyalty card or even a piece of cardboard – anything with a straight edge.  Then use the card to scrape paint across your paper to create a layered colour effect – from Housing a forest.

credit card art

You can use squeegees to get a similar effect, and learn about colour mixing at the same time. You can add another dimension by placing stickers on the paper to form a resist and painting over them, then waiting until the paint is dry before peeling them off – from Make it your own.


Explore colours and textures with feather painting – a wonderful sensory activity that you could use with any book about birds from Munchkins and moms.


Load water pistols with liquid watercolours, get outside and get squirting for some unique paint effects from Fireflies and mud pies.


Who else loved playing with slinkies as a kid? This is a fun action art activity that will get kids experimenting with different ways of painting with the slinky – stamping, bouncing, dropping and dragging – to make some beautiful creations – from Fantastic fun and learning.

slinky painting

Marble painting is a classic preschool activity where younger kids can experiment with rolling the marbles in different directions and learn about colour mixing – from Mess for less.

marble painting

All you need for this activity is bubble mixture and food colouring – then start blowing bubbles all over the paper for some amazing bubbly effects – from Childhood 101.


Give your kids some more fine motor practice with cotton wool painting – just attach them to a clothes peg and let them dip into the paints in a muffin pan and onto the paper – from Domestic Mommyhood.


Another fun fine motor activity is yarn painting. Let your kids explore all the different designs and patterns they can make from dipping the yarn into the paint and onto the paper – from Buggy and buddy.

painting with yarn

Set up a ramp, add paper and different coloured paints, and let your kids race their cars down the ramp to create a beautiful rainbow. You could also experiment with different vehicles and compare all the different wheel tracks.  Don’t forget the car wash at the end! – from Fantastic fun and learning.


Use a selection of combs and scrape or drag them through paint, experimenting with different comb sizes and strokes to create some awesome effects – from The imagination tree.


Which one of these unique painting tools will your kids try first?

We would love to see their artwork – just post to Facebook or Instagram with #littlegreencrafters 🙂

This is part of a series of posts about process art for kids.  Check out the other posts below:

The importance of process art for kids

Process art with natural materials

Process art with print making


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