Paint and Glitter Process Art for Preschoolers

Paint and glitter go together in this fun process art activity. Kids can make beautiful pictures that have both texture and color. Support fine motor and creative play with this simple painting activity. 

kids process art with paint and glitter

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

When you provide an interesting variety of art materials, you offer endless possibilities for kids to imagine and create. This simple art activity can be provided with easy setup and few instructions.

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. 

Related:  Tips for easy painting activities with preschoolers.

NOTE: Biodegradable glitter is recommended for kids art and craft activities. Regular plastic glitter takes years to decompose and is no longer a viable choice.

Paper confetti is another option that can be used in place of glitter.


Paint and glitter art activity


Supplies for paint and glitter process art activity


Materials list

  • paint
  • brushes
  • biodegradable 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 glitter from a small dish with tongs or between the thumb and finger for a great fine motor grasping activity.


 Process art painting activity for preschoolers

Instructions for paint and glitter art

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.


Painting process art activity


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