Process Art Painting with Tools


A fun new way I've been extending storytime with Little Brother is by setting up various process art activities.

Our latest process art creation went along with the storybook, Katy-No Pocket.

Katy No-Pocket Process Art Go Along with Tools
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Katy-No Pocket is a story about a mother kangaroo who has no pocket and is desperately trying to figure out a way to carry her little joey.  She ends up in the city and meets a man "covered in pockets."  He gladly gives her his apron full of pockets, but before that dumps out all his tools.

Thus I thought creating with our toolbox was quite fitting for this story!

Preschool Process Art Painting

Katy No-Pocket is a longer book targeted for the preschool crowd, but is part of Before Five in a Row's manual-- and one we've read quite a few times with the two older kiddos.  Definitely check it out!

With our supplies, I simply encouraged Little Brother to create using the paint and toy tools.

paint with tools preschool process art

Process art allows the child to create with no "finished" product to be modeled after; your child simply creates!

Encourage your child to paint using the tools-- what happens when you "paint" with a saw? or hammer?

What kind of designs can the tools make?

Preschool process art with tools

Big Sis got in on the action, too.  She enjoyed using making prints with the nuts and bolts.

Little Brother opted for a "smear" style art!

However, it was neat to watch each of them use this play tool box in a new way.

Process Art Painting with Tools

Encourage your kiddos to try all the different types of tools to make prints, marks, and designs.

Experiment with colors.

Most importantly, enjoy creating a unique piece of art!

Afterwards, allow it to dry and hang the masterpiece(s) on the fridge or wall.  Or even upcycle the artwork into something else!  .... That happens a lot around here with so many little artists ; )

preschool process art painting with tools

Process art allows the adult to step back and simply encourage and study the little ones creating.

It allows the kids to explore materials in a new and unhurried way.

I love that each piece of art was unique-- just like each of my kiddos! 

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