Try these zentangle art ideas with fun themes for an easy process art activity for kids. Find out how to draw zentangle patterns step by step on our free zentangle printables using a few basic supplies. The key to success is in the shape! Explore do-able art activities for kids and let’s get zentangling!
EASY ZENTANGLE ART FOR KIDS
WHAT IS A ZENTANGLE?
First, what is a zentangle? A zentangle is an unplanned and unstructured pattern usually created on small square tiles in black and white. The patterns are called tangles. You can make a tangle with one or a combinations of dots, lines, circles, squares, swirls, waves etc.
While it may seem like doodling, zentangling is different in that you are purposely creating a pattern in each zentangle. It is this aspect of the art that promotes mindfulness and makes it special!
Zentangle was invented by a monk named Rick Roberts and an artist called Maria Thomas in the early 2000’s . It has now spread all over the world.
The word zentangle comes from the words ‘zen’ (think peaceful and calm) and ‘tangle’.
Zentangle art can be very relaxing because there is no pressure to focus on the end result. It really is an easy form of process art for kids!
WHY DO PROCESS ART WITH KIDS?
What do you think of when you think of children’s art activities? Marshmallow snowmen? Fingerprint flowers? Pasta ornaments?
While there isn’t anything wrong with these crafty projects, they all have one thing in common. The focus is on the end result. Usually, an adult has created a plan for a project that has one goal in mind, and it does not leave a lot of room for true creativity.
For children, the real fun (and learning) is in the process, not the product! Hence, the importance of process art!
Kids are curious, they want their senses to come alive. They want to feel and smell and sometimes even taste the process. They want to be free to let their minds wander through the creative process.
How can we help them reach this state of ‘flow’ – (the mental state of being completely present and fully immersed in a task)? Process art activities! Click here for more process art ideas!
ZENTANGLE ART IDEAS FOR KIDS
Combine zentangle art with a fun and easy tessellation activity. A tessellation is formed from identical shapes which fit together with no gaps and can be repeated forever in all directions.
Triangles are shapes that make up tessellation patterns. Draw zentangle patterns on our printable triangle shapes below and then cut them out to form a tessellation.
Get our printable Valentine zentangle and make a Valentine card or Valentine coloring page. Use red markers and heart shaped zentangle patterns on your design.
Color a lucky shamrock or four leaf clover for St Patrick’s Day.
Enjoy an zentangle Easter Egg this season!
Celebrate Earth Day for a mindful art activity.
This leaf zentangle printable is great for fall art!
We love pumpkins, we love Fall, and we zentangling! These zentangle pumpkins are a fun Fall art activity.
You will want to get out the black markers for this fun Halloween theme black cat zentangle.
A Thanksgiving zentangle is a fun and easy activity for kids to do at Thanksgiving.
Red and green are the colors to use on this fun Christmas Tree zentangle.
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HOW TO ZENTANGLE FOR KIDS
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