For the month of May, our preschool theme was centered on camping. Mary Poppins and I had a lot of fun exploring this concept with the kiddos! A simple process art activity we did one day was such a hit with our boys and girls. Painting with marshmallows — who would have thought something so easy would bring with it so many smiles!
I’m not sure why the children’s interest surprised me. It’s always fun to explore a new art “tool”, especially when it’s something out-of-the-norm. In the past, Mary Poppins and I have painted with many different items — apples, corn, pool noodles, medicine bottles, cookie cutters, Peeps, marbles, etc. Each time an usual tool is used, the children have such a great time with it.
The set up for this was incredibly simple. We grabbed campfire colors (red, orange, and yellow) from the preschool workroom. The paints went into small plastic cups to make it easier for the kids. We had some huge marshmallows leftover from a camping treat we’d make earlier, along with lollipop sticks. The lollipop sticks went into the marshmallows, and paper was set out on the table. Then it was time to let the children create.
Putting the sticks into the marshmallows really helped with this art activity. Not only did it involve less cleanup afterwards, but it gave the kiddos more control over their painting. I had fun watching as the children used the marshmallows to paint! Some stamped the marshmallows all over the paper, some stamped them all in a line. The most popular “technique”, though, was swirling the marshmallows around the construction paper.
The end results were mostly swirls of yellow, orange, and red paint mixed together. When looked at, it didn’t seem like much. However, this is called process art for a reason! The children got a ton of enjoyment, and learning, out of of this painting activity. It wasn’t at all about the end result, and I am completely fine with that! 🙂
Have you ever painted with marshmallows or other “unusual” painting tools? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comment section below.