Paint and Glitter Process Art for Preschoolers

Combine paint and glitter in this fun process art activity. Kids can make unique pictures that have both texture and color. When you provide an interesting variety of art materials, you offer endless possibilities for kids to imagine and create. 

Painting process art mixed media activity for preschoolers

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Process art activities provide opportunities for kids to imagine and create, with no expectation for the finished result or product. When activities are open-ended, kids have the freedom to explore the materials, to make choices, and to engage early learning skills such as fine motor and cognitive.

This activity using paint and glitter is suitable for all ages. While older kids might get more detailed with their pictures, younger children will have fun just spreading paint and sprinkling glitter.

Note: Paper confetti may be used in place of glitter. 


Related:  Tips for easy painting activities with preschoolers.


Supplies for paint and glitter activity


supplies for paint and glitter process art activity


  • paint
  • brushes
  • glitter or confetti
  • construction paper

Provide a variety of materials so children can choose paint and paper colors as well as different brush sizes.

Kids can shake glitter directly from the bottle, or remove from a small dish with tongs or between the thumb and finger for a great fine motor grasping activity.




 process art paint and glitter preschool painting activity


1. Invite kids to paint pictures on construction paper. Create with brushes as well as finger painting.

2Sprinkle the glitter or confetti onto the picture while the paint is still wet.

3Shake off the excess glitter when the painting is dry.

These masterpieces are ready for framing!

This open-ended art activity encourages kids to be creative with a few simple materials. It also provides an awesome sensory experience using different colors and textures.


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