Frozen Paper Process Art
Frozen paper process art is the perfect activity to bring a little bit of cold weather into the classroom. Frozen paper art can be done throughout the year, but I especially love this one during the winter. It's a great sensory exploration activity and the perfect opportunity to explore scientific topics with your preschooler. You can talk about what they see, feel, and make predictions about what will happen. Process art is excellent for fostering and developing creativity, engaging in play, and improving confidence. Your preschooler will be proud of their individually finished and unique project. Check out this post to learn more about process art with preschoolers and the benefits it plays in the classroom.
The best part about process art is that there is no expectation for a specific finished product. We started this project by placing the paper into the baking pan to contain any excess water, a simple way to keep things from getting all wet! Let your preschooler explore and add as much water as they would like.
Preschooler will add the water to the paper which can be done by slowly pouring little bits to different sections of the paper. This step might be one they need some help with. Next, place the pan with the wet paper into the freezer. While the paper is freezing this is the perfect time to ask your preschooler to make a prediction on what will happen, and how long will it take to freeze.
After taking out the paper from the freezer now the painting begins. Let your preschooler choose what colors they want to paint for their frozen art project. Talk to them about what they notice is happening, what does it feel like to paint on the ice, and what changes do they notice happening.
This is the perfect time to introduce color mixing, and what is happening to all of the colors. Why are they spreading? What colors are you making? Introduce the concepts of melting to your preschooler.
And, now just wait for your finished product to dry!
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