​​​​​​​​​Materials: Materials found outside or inside the ho​use including sticks, rocks, shells, acorns, seeds, tape, scissors, glue, box, plastic container, or bottle cap.


Think about the process of making art instead of the product. Try to focus more on the experience. Choose an area that can get a little messy. Outside is always an excellent place to create art!


When creating art together, ask open-ended questions like:

  • Tell me about what you made.
  • Where did you get your idea?
  • How did you make those lines?
  • What made you decide to use those colors?

Then, encourage children to add their answers to their artwork.


Help your child create a story about what they made.


Use materials found around your house or in nature to create art. Focus on the process and ask questions about the art piece. Remember, it’s not about what they make but the process.


  1. Try adding paint to glue, salt, flour, shaving cream, or cornstarch to paint.
  2. Think of ways you can recycle unused materials.​

What Is My Child Learning?

Your child is learning that there is a process to creating art. They learn to talk through the process and build their cognitive and language skills while​ strengthening their connection with you. Keep in mind there isn’t a right or wrong way to create art.


Process art helps your child use their imagination to create. They also take risks and try new things while exploring around them. Also, they will get the chance to problem solve and show flexibility.​

paper with artistic brush patterns