Trying out new preschool art projects is something my students always seem to enjoy! Recently, I wanted to try something different. Ideally, it would encourage the children to think outside the box when it came to art tools. That line of thinking reminded me of My Nearest and Dearest’s amazing painting machine. Since the toy tools were being used in another classroom, I focused in on other “tools” for the children to use. That’s when I saw the toy gears!
Trying out new preschool art projects with gears and paint!
My boys and girls adore building and creating with the toy gears already. They’re also used to my “creative license” when it comes to their preschool art projects! So I knew they wouldn’t bat an eye at using gears to paint.
1. I used poster putty to attach the ends of the paintbrushes to the gears.
2. Then I poured a bit of each color paint into bowls.
3. I placed the gears next to the appropriate colors, with the construction paper to the side.
How the Kids Painted
As usual, I had an audience as I was setting up this activity! I love that the students are so into trying out new art experiences. 🙂 I didn’t give the kiddos any particular direction as they sat down to paint with the gears. Some of the children decided to create rainbows with the gears. One of my girls was very particular about where she placed her painted gears.
Others just enjoyed painting with all of the colors all over the paper. Some were more focused on just one or two colors, stamping the gears over and over on the paper. A few twirled the gears around to paint, but not nearly as many as I expected!
Still more kids decided they’d rather use the paintbrush attached to the gears. They painted with the brushes, then flipped the paintbrush and painted with the gears. A few only used the paintbrushes, eschewing the gears entirely.
One of my girls was so excited to create a letter using the gears! It was near my birthday, so she painted an M for my first name. I admit I was pretty tickled by it as well!
Early Learning Skills
Preschool art projects, such as this one, allow children to touch on a variety of important skills. Remember, young children learn through playing and creating and exploring! Below are some items my kiddos worked on while painting with gears:
- Fine motor skills
- Language skills
Do you have any fun preschool art projects to share – especially process-based art experiences? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!