Do your kids beg you to get them a bouncy ball from the toy vending machine every time you go to the grocery store? Mine do! And now, they have the perfect art project to do if they can convince you to get one. Color Mixing Preschool Bouncy Ball Process Art is a great excuse to gather some bouncy balls, put the paint brushes aside, and create some beautiful process art.

This fun color exploration learning activity is an awesome activity for teaching colors and letting your child express their creativity.

Color Mixing Process Art for Kids

Recommended Grade Level:

Color Mixing Process Art Supplies:

  • Cardstock Paper
  • Washable Paint in Yellow, Red, and Blue
  • Cake Pan
  • Bouncy Balls

What Are Process Art Preschool Projects?

Process art is all about how you create artwork and not what you create!

Process art activities allow children the freedom to create their art project however they would like, and takes the pressure off making a perfect project.

Since there is no specific way the end product must look, some children tend to enjoy process art more because they are not focused on or worried about following directions.

Children love process art projects like this bouncy ball painting activity because you get a unique design every time you do the project. No two projects turn out the same!

Close up of the rainbow bouncy ball color mixing preschool activity.

How To Do This Bouncy Ball Art Mixing Colors Preschool Activity:

The supplies for the rainbow bouncy ball process art activity.

Directions for the Bouncy Ball Art Activity:

Place the piece of paper inside of your cake pan.

Choose the colors you would like to use (primary colors, secondary colors, your child’s favorite colors – totally up to you!) and squeeze quarter size drops of paint into the pan.

Spots of blue, yellow and red paint on a piece of paper with bouncy balls beneath them.

I have found about 6-8 drops of paint works best, but you can add more or less depending on how you want your project to look.

*Helpful hint! If this is a project you plan on keeping and displaying, you will want to use less paint so your paper does not become over saturated.

If you want to add a little extra sparkle, sprinkle in your glitter or confetti.

Close up of the colors mixing during the rainbow bouncy ball process art activity.

Place the bouncy balls inside the pan.

Help your child gently lift and tilt the pan from side to side. Let them move the pan however they would like to achieve the desired look for their painting.

Watch as the bouncy balls create colorful trails of paint all over the paper.

Change out your paper and add more paint, glitter, and confetti as needed.

The finished rainbow bouncy ball color mixing preschool activity.

Other Color Mixing Activities For Preschoolers:

  • Before you begin this mixing colors activity for preschoolers, have them make a prediction about what they think their painting will end up looking like. Will there be lines or dots? Will the paint stay the same color or change as it mixes together? What will it look like if the balls are rolled slowly? Quickly?
  • If you don’t have paint, you can use shaving cream and food coloring in your pan for another fun way to explore color.
  • Dip the bouncy balls in paint and use them as stamps to mix paint and create fun patterns.
  • Read color mixing books for preschoolers. Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin is one of our favorite picture books about color!
  • Check out some other children’s books that teach colors like Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, The Day The Crayons Quit, and A Color Of His Own.

We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for your Color theme. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below:

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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