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easy process art projects and activities for kidsI’ve been wanting to write this post for ages.  Process art is so important to me and at the root of pretty much all the work that I do.  I am the art teacher at a Reggio Inspired Preschool in addition to teaching process based art to over 50 children a week here in Los Angeles.  I realized that I didn’t have one specific area on my blog to share process based activities and articles I’ve written about the subject.  Say what?! How could that be? Yeah, it’s true.  But now I do!  Here is everything process based you need to know to get started at home and in the classroom.  Also, I share tons of behind the scenes and process based ideas that don’t make it to the blog on Instagram.  Please join me over there. I’d love to connect with you and talk process art and exchange ideas.

process artI love this quote because to me, it speaks to the idea that children don’t need to be told what to do, they need to be given rich experiences to explore and engage in.  Children are capable beings that given the opportunity will continue to raise the bar on their own learning and development.

*NOTE* If you’re thinking, “Meri Cherry, what the heck is process art?” The most basic definition is art that focuses on the process rather than the outcome.  Doesn’t that sound good?  I think so.  If you want more info, I have tons more for you.  Just keep reading.

Tons of engaging process based easy art activities for preschoolersFirst, some articles and info about process art…

Process Art for Kids – It’s No Mess

Process Art – Why It’s Great for the Whole Family

Family Process Art

Let Them Paint – Here’s Why

Working with Real Tools

Paint Mixing

Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know


We’ve done a ton of process art but these are my faves.  And the kids faves. I’ve starred the ones that are my all time super duper faves.

easy process art projects for kidsleft to right clockwise

*Salt Painting,     *Salt Painting Collage,

Salt Painting Over Art Work,     Sand Art


easy process art projects for kids

Wood Working with Toddlers      More Woodworking with Toddlers

*Paper Towel Art with Watercolors   *Evolving Canvas Art


easy process art projects for kids

*Painting on Plastic     *Hanging Rainbows

*Paint Dot Mural     Contact Paper Mural


easy process art projects for kids

*Spin Art Rocks     Collage Art

*Mixed Media Collage     Recycled Shape Art


easy process art projects for kids

Printmaking     Veggie Print Making 

*Pumpkin Decorating with Tinker Trays     Nature Table


easy process art projects for kids

Shell Painting     Reggio Inspired Nature Painting

Tire Painting     *Repainting Thrift Store Canvases


easy process art projects for kids

Tissue Paper Art     Rockin’ Records

Sand Art Stickers     *Dot to Dot Art Challenge


easy process art projects for kids

*Clay Bowls     Building Clay Structures

Outer Space Process Art     Water Balloon Painting


easy process art projects for kids

Temporary Mosaic Art     *Washi Tape Mural

*Super Easy Puppet Theater     *Crayon Art Sculpture


easy process art projects for kids

*Face Painting     *Working with Pastels

*Wet and Dry Chalk Painting     *Chalk Nature Painting


easy process art projects for kids

Building with Wood      Fabric Resist Art Pillows

Working with Tinker Trays    Make Rainsticks


I hope you are feeling inspired to let go of the outcome and let your kids explore new materials and new ideas.  I know I’ve starred my favorite process art activities but that doesn’t mean the other activities are not as good.  I just have especially fond memories of the starred ones.  I would love to hear your experiences with any number of these in the comments below.  Thanks for reading along everyone and enjoy the process! xo Meri

easy process art projects and activities for kids