Early learners love process art. They delight in exploring art materials and are not usually concerned about the finished product. Often the messier the project, the better! Here is a simple ice cube and powder paint activity your child will love to investigate.
This Valentine’s Day process art activity employs red and purple colors. Adding llama and heart ice cubes gives the project a South American flair. The painting activity transitions from a Winter to a Valentine’s Day theme.
Valentine’s Day Process Art Supplies
llama and heart ice cube tray
shaker of red powder paint
shaker of purple powder paint
red glitter shaker
purple glitter shaker
12-inch x 16-inch multipurpose art paper
Ice Cube and Powder Paint Process Art
Freeze water in the llama and heart ice cube tray.
Take the ice cubes out of the tray and place them on a plate.
Set out the paper, powder paint shakers, glitter shakers, ice cubes, and spoon.
Optional: Shapes or a word can be drawn on the paper with a crayon. Then the project will have a crayon resist element.
Invite your child to shake powder paint on the paper, and spread it around with ice cubes. Your child can use a spoon to move the ice cubes or use hands for an added sensory experience.
If the paper is very wet, some watery color can be dabbed off with a scrunched-up napkin. This technique adds texture and depth to the project.
Invite your child to sprinkle on red and purple glitter for a finishing touch.
The picture can be left as is, or cut into a large heart shape when dry.
This completed art piece looks like an exploding volcano on a mountain. It would sizzle as a backdrop for a few painted or drawn dinosaurs.
A Valentine’s theme word or saying can be added.
All ice cube shapes would work wonderfully with this activity. Themed ice cubes add interest to an “of the moment” topic.
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© Annette Kaminsky