My young kids love Dot Painting. We first explored this type of process art activity when we created an Australian Aboriginal Boomerang. Then my preschoolers did random dot painting to reinforce the sound of the letter D in this ‘Dotted Dino Dips ‘n Dots’ Letter D Craft. We also did this art technique as we created Cherry Blossom Paintings in time for Japanese spring time. They enjoyed each one of those art activities for kids. So this time around, we decided to expand on the dot painting art technique by using a variety of circle sizes. Aside from the usual q-tip we used in previous dot painting activities, we also used household sponges cut out into different sized circles. This allowed the kids to create various types of artwork, while still using dot painting as an art technique.
What you need for Dot Painting:
- Paper or canvas
- Paint tray or plastic bowls for paint
- Household sponges
How to create Dot Painting Artwork:
- Cut the kitchen sponges into different sized circles. We traced kitchen items – a cup, a container of baking powder and a bottle cap – onto the sponge with a marker to create circles. Then I let the kids cut the outlines out, which didn’t exactly turn out into perfect circles. But still great effort by small hands – and it’s part of the fun!
- Using the cut out sponges and/or the q-tips, let the kids dip into their chosen paint color. Then dab, dab, dab onto the paper or canvas to create their artwork.
This is a process art activity. So anything goes! Encourage your kids to be creative. Preschoolers may create a simple collage of dots. Older kids may be more intentional. They may make fireworks or an island scene or a lion.
The fun part of this process art activity is to allow the kids to create whatever they can imagine. No rules, no structure, no guideline or template to follow. Just lots of fun and creativity.
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