Today’s #PLAYfulpreschool theme is focused on puzzles. During a recent snow day, the kiddos and I created a really fun rainbow art puzzle. I love how it turned out, but more importantly I love the process we went through!
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beautiful rainbow art project for kids
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What we did
This project actually started out as a way to dabble in bleeding tissue paper art. We sprayed the canvas with a spritz of water. Then we added bits of torn tissue paper to the canvas, in rainbow order. After each color was added, we sprayed more water onto the tissue paper. We ensured the tissue paper was saturated to really encourage it to bleed through to the canvas.
Once all of the tissue paper had dried completely, we removed it from the canvas. Actually, the kids just lifted the canvas up and the bits of tissue paper fell to the table. We inspected the colors that bled from the tissue paper to the canvas. The colors were pretty but very muted.
We loved how the tissue paper looked when it was wet, so we wanted to recreate that look in a more permanent fashion. So we decided to treat the fallen pieces of tissue paper as “puzzle pieces!” Taking turns, we placed the tissue paper scraps where we thought they’d come from – red with red, green with green, etc. Some of the pieces were multicolored, which made it a little harder for the kids. They didn’t seem to mind though!
As we added pieces of tissue paper, we painted our homemade Mod Podge (white glue diluted with warm water) over the pieces. I loved that the kids were into putting our rainbow art “puzzle” back together – just as much, if not more so, than when we were testing the bleeding tissue paper in the first place.
Have you and the kiddos created any rainbow art together? Would they enjoy making a rainbow art “puzzle” like we did?
More #PLAYfulpreschool puzzle fun
Beginning Sounds Matching Puzzles with Stickers by Mom Inspired Life
Learning Your Name Playdough Puzzle by Growing Book by Book
Can You Follow The Puzzle? by Learning 2 Walk
Animal Puzzles in a Sensory Bin by Life Over C’s
Turn Your Child’s Artwork Into A Puzzle by Capri + 3
Rainbow Art Puzzle for Kids by Fun-A-Day!
Trace, Match, Write | Fine Motor, Math, and Literacy Activities with Puzzles by The Educators’ Spin On It
Rainbow Craft Stick Puzzle by Powerful Mothering
Preschool Made Puzzle Activity by Tiny Tots Adventures
Rainbow Name Puzzle by Still Playing School
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