Art is one my favorite subjects to teach in our homeschool lessons. But when you’re starting with young children, I’ve found it best to keep the projects as simple as possible. After all, they’re not quite ready to study post-modernism. 🙂
So we tried this easy textured sponge painting preschool craft with our kids and they absolutely loved it! It was a simple way to study color and painting while giving them a bit of sensory input at the same time.
Read on to see how to do this simple art project with your kids! And if you love this craft, try our list of super easy preschool crafts you can make in 10 minutes!
Textured Sponge Painting Preschool Craft
To do this craft, you’ll need the following:
- Large kitchen sponge
- Painting paper
- Paint cups
- Sketching pencil (optional)
To set up this craft, we cut a large kitchen sponge into four pieces and handed them out. (This step should be done by an adult.)
Then we added a bit more texture by having the kids crumple up their paper before beginning. We found some super old fingerpaint (I mean, from when Tigger was a toddler) and added a bit of water to thin it out and then it was time to get started!
When we asked Roo if he wanted me to sketch his design for him, he said “I want to make whatever I want to make.” Got it.
Tigger wanted to paint a picture of a tree, so I sketched it for her to give her a little guide since the sponge tips are so large.
Pooh wanted to paint a train and it ended up not going as well as he would have liked. But the experience of painting was so fun that he was all smiles anyway at the end. I think that’s what art should be like for kids!
Here’s everyone’s work. Mine is at top left, Tigger’s is at top right, Pooh’s train is bottom right, and Roo’s unique individualist expression is at bottom left.
To give the pictures a bit more flair, we sprinkled glitter and colored salt on them before they dried. A simple introduction to Impressionism, perhaps?
Have you tried this textured sponge painting preschool craft with your kids? Let me know how it went in the comments!
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