Painting with marshmallows is a great process art activity for any of our preschool themes, but it’ll be perfect for a preschool camping theme.
I love setting up process art projects for kids! Even better is when these art experiences are with non-traditional implements. Kids seem to get a kick out of painting without paintbrushes, and what a great way to explore different art techniques? Plus, it gets the children thinking outside of the box.
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With a recent camping theme, the preschoolers fell in love with painting with marshmallows. Honestly, this art activity went over even better than I thought it would! So many smiles and giggles along the way.
Painting with Marshmallows
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.
The preschoolers have painted with a variety of non-traditional items over the years, from apples to pool noodles to toy gears. Each time an usual tool is used, the children have such a great time with it.
Materials we used for marshmallow painting
I’m sure you can easily figure out the materials we used for this little art project! But, just in case, here they are (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
What we did
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.
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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.
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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 tried painting with marshmallows or other “unusual” painting tools? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comment section below.
More Marshmallow Fun
Here are a few more marshmallow-themed activities the kids might enjoy!
Printable Preschool Camping Theme Lesson Plans
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for classroom teachers and home preschool so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
You can also find them on Teachers Pay Teachers