Painting with Worms Preschool Process Art
April showers bring…worms, lots of worms. Preschoolers love worms! Searching for them, digging for them, and simply observing them. This rubber worm painting experience allows preschoolers to explore, touch, and create for a hands-on sensory art experience!
Spring weather typically includes a lot of rain, which brings out some of our favorite slimy creatures! Preschoolers love learning about worms, snails, and slugs which is why we have an entire Worms, Snails, & Slugs Theme! Giving preschoolers opportunities to explore with their hands and ways to get creative are important for their development. These reasons make this art exploration perfect for engaging preschoolers!
Start by adding paint to the tray, this square trio was perfect because it allowed enough space for preschoolers to fit the entire worm inside. Next, invite them to dip the worms to get them really covered in paint. Then have them roll or drop the worm onto their paper.
*Teacher Tip: Some preschoolers might not want to dip their worms into the paint because they don't like the paint on their hands, this is a great opportunity to get creative with other utensils such as tongs, or even a plastic fork.
This is an exploration activity so preschoolers can dip their hands to roll, spin, and drop their worms onto the paper. It's a great time to talk about textures and sensory. Ask what the worms feel like, and what kind of textures they are feeling. Try having preschoolers roll the worms and then drop them, does it make the same pattern on the paper?
This activity is all about the process rather than the end product. Preschoolers get to problem-solve and explore creative thinking skills. You can also try this activity as a group where, instead of individual papers, you can cover a table in butcher paper and let students explore. We hope your preschoolers have fun exploring with rubber worms and paint!
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