Preschool art is much more than making a mess and is also more rewarding than the normal preschool craft activities. Just like our science activities for preschoolers, our preschool art projects are totally do-able and use simple supplies.
Young kiddos benefit greatly from the free use of materials in a less restrictive environment. See them create their own personal masterpieces and experience a sense of wonder and accomplishment all at the same time! Yes, prepare for it to get messy sometimes but also prepare for an incredible sensory-rich art experience led by kids!
FUN AND EASY ART FOR 4 YEAR OLDS
Preschoolers are naturally curious. 4 year olds love to observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and also how to control themselves and their environments. The opportunity to explore helps them form connections in their brain, helps them learn, and it’s also fun!
Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Preschoolers need the freedom to explore and experiment. Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.
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Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties. Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences for 4 year olds.
In other words, preschool art is good for them!
Specific skills include:
- Fine motor skills through grasping pencils, crayons, chalk, and paintbrushes.
- Cognitive development from cause and effect and problem-solving.
- Math skills such as understanding concepts like shape, size, counting, and spatial reasoning.
- Language skills as children share their artwork and process with each other and with adults.
PRESHOOL ART LESSONS
Provide a diverse range of supplies. Gather a wide range of materials for kids to use like paint, colored pencils, chalk, playdough, markers, crayons, oil pastels, scissors, and stamps.
Encourage, but don’t direct. Let them decide what materials they want to use and how and when to use them. Let them take the lead.
Be flexible. Instead of sitting down with a plan or expected outcome in mind, let kids explore, experiment, and use their imaginations. They might make a huge mess or change their direction several times—this is all part of the creative process.
Let it go. Let them explore. They may only want to run their hands through the shaving cream instead of painting with it. Children learn through playing, exploring, and trial and error. If you give them the freedom to discover, they will learn to create and experiment in new and innovative ways.
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FUN PRESCHOOL ART PROJECTS TO TRY!
Check out the following preschool art activities. Click on the image to be taken to the full instructions and supply list.
OPEN ENDED PRESCHOOL ART ACTIVITIES
SCIENCE AND ART
These activities below combine both science and art for an extra fun experience for kids!
HOMEMADE PAINT RECIPES
Why not make your own paint with one of our easy homemade paint recipes? Uses the supplies you already have in your kitchen!
Create your own masterpiece inspired one of these famous artists. A great way for kids to learn about different art techniques. Our printable templates make these art lessons a lot easier! Suitable for preschoolers and older.