One favorite summertime treat is watermelon! Sweet and juicy, it’s often a favorite of preschoolers. This preschool watermelon art project is sure to be a favorite for years to come.
A Process Art Project from Paper Scraps
In the preschool classroom, the process of creating art is so much more important than the finished product. Fancy materials and a perfect finished product are not needed. Students need to practice cutting, ripping, gluing, painting, rolling, and more. These will help build fine motor skills, which is a precursor for writing.
And “fridge-worthy” art doesn’t mean a product that is a perfect copy of an example. It should be unique and show the artist’s creativity who created it. Some favorite process art projects in the preschool classroom include:
- Wind and Rain Process Art – A preschooler’s favorite! Create custom compositions using watered down paint, straws, and some good old fashioned lung power.
- Paper Strip Process Art – Students practice using glue sticks to design individualized pieces of art.
- Flower Painting – An easy to execute project for learners of all ages. Use real flowers as paintbrushes to create natural works of art.
- Printmaking with Blocks – A simple open-ended process art activity that incorporates two things children love – painting and blocks!
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How-To Create Preschool Watermelon Art
The preschool watermelon art project is a win-win in any classroom. It requires minimal setup but provides countless opportunities for creativity and learning. Pair it with the book, The Watermelon Seed, by Greg Pizzoli, for extra sweetness!
Involving the students to help prepare the materials builds their confidence and fine motor skills.
- Pink or red construction paper or tissue paper
- Green construction paper or tissue paper
- Black construction paper or tissue paper
- School glue sticks
- Paper plates, cut in half (a semi-circle of sturdy cardstock works as well!)
First, students tear the paper into small pieces. They probably won’t need too much encouragement!
Next, students sort the paper by color. Small baskets can be very helpful at containing all the tiny paper pieces. Not only does sorting the paper make the project easier to complete, but it also provides some practice in color recognition.
After the paper is sorted, provide each student with a half paper plate. Using glue, students will apply torn paper pieces to the plate to create a watermelon – complete with seeds!
Start with pink in the center and green around the curved edge. Black seeds are the finishing touch!
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