We love any art project that is process-based, and can be transformed into something fridge-worthy that we can send home. This Rain & Wind Process Art project is the perfect example. The kids made so many observations about the paint as they worked, so it turned out to be a good science experiment and oral language exercise too. Win-Win-Win.
Criteria for an awesome preschool art project:
- Quick and Easy to set up
- Materials that are always on hand
- Process Oriented
- Can be transformed into something “fridge-worthy”
The set-up for this one is so easy:
- Mix blue tempera paint with a bit of water
- Provide small eye droppers (available in most pharmacies or online HERE) and straws
- Give each student a blank sheet of construction paper.
The students drop the paint onto their papers like it is raining. (If your paint is too thick, it won’t drop easily. Just add more water.) Then they use a drinking straw to blow “wind” on the puddles.
Watch as the paint moves around on the paper according to where the artist is blowing. They will start to notice that the thicker drops of paint move slower than the runnier, watered down paints.
Students can blow the paint across the paper or into designs. Our kiddos were saying to their friends, “Look what happens when I do this!” “Wow, watch this!” and “Look! I can make wind.” It was very exciting. 🙂
When the Rain & Wind projects are dry, cut them into raindrop shapes.
If desired, also cut a raindrop frame and glue the painting to the back of the frame. They look great hanging by a window, on a bulletin board, or at home on the fridge of course!