Process Art for Pre-Schoolers

Author: Sian Thomas from Teach Investigate Play 
Hey there Tiger Tribe subscribers!
I’m thrilled to be writing a guest feature for the newsletter; we are big fans of Tiger Tribe products. The ‘Unicorn Magic’ colouring set and ‘Fabulous Felt Dress Up’ kit are on constant rotation for café visits and road trips!
As this month’s theme is all about arts and crafts, I thought I’d share one of our favourite types of art: process art. The beauty of process art is that you never quite know how a project will end up. This is all about self-expression via art which is exactly why it’s the perfect choice for pre-schoolers. There’s no right or wrong way to create – it’s all about enjoying the process.
Whilst I’ve aimed this feature at pre-schoolers, both my two-year-old daughter* and eight-year-old son absolutely love this creative process. In actual fact, it’s my favourite way to get creative too because there is zero pressure on making the end result looking a certain way!
The materials used will generally depend on the project or even what you have in the house. Here are some of our go-to items:
  • Non-toxic acrylic paints
  • Oil pastels
  • Tiger Tribe silk crayons
  • Paint scrapers
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Sponges
  • Nature treasures
  • Shaving foam
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • A cardboard canvas (just a box that has been cut into rectangles) or the real deal
Here’s 3 projects to try at home:
Celery Stick Stamping
I always buy celery with the good intention of dipping it into hummus as a healthy snack. In reality, this rarely happens. However, it turns out that celery can make some really pretty process art (you may even notice this image from our logo). All you need to do is stick the ends of celery into paint and stamp away! In the photo we used a real canvas, but we also regularly use a cardboard canvas for these projects.
Pinecone Roll
This is such a fun way to do some action art! With Autumn just around the corner, this is the perfect activity to try so get collecting those pinecones! Simply use a cardboard box, squeeze in some Autumnal themed paint colours and roll the pinecones in the box. The end result makes a great centrepiece too:
Bubble Wrap Coral Reef
We love to use our recycling to make art projects. Bubble wrap is ideal for print making, so next time you receive a parcel covered in bubble wrap, save it up for an art project. Just put blobs of complimentary acrylics onto a paint tray, press the bubbly side of the wrap into the paint, then stamp away on a cardboard canvas!
*Ensure that younger children are under constant supervision
About Teach Investigate Play: Teach Investigate Play was created by primary teacher-turned blogger, Sian, after finding maternity leave a little isolating. She is passionate about making learning fun through creativity and play, regularly sharing ideas on InstagramFacebook and her website.  Sian lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband and two children.

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