Do you love glitter? Do you have a shelf full of glitter bottles? Are you convinced that everything would be better with glitter? Then this Glitter Printing Process Art activity is for you! (And your kids, of course!) This was a completely spontaneous activity that my daughters and I really enjoyed! I’ve even got a tip for keeping the glitter contained. Art with glitter can be messy, but if you prep the area accordingly, clean-up will be a breeze! Give your kids an awesome art experience with this fun, glittery art project for kids. Perhaps you’ll even come away with some new glitter wall art.

– Life Over C's glitter mono printing for kids process art activity

Recommended Grade Level:

Glitter Mono Printing Supplies:

  • Packing Paper
  • Glitter
  • Glue Stick
  • Regular Paper

Learning Through Process Art in Preschool

GLITTER ABSTRACT WALL ART

PRESCHOOL PROCESS ART IDEAS FOCUS MORE ON THE PROCESS OF CREATION RATHER THAN THE OUTCOME. USING ART MATERIALS LIKE GLITTER TENDS TO ENGAGE YOUNG KIDS.

I like to think of process art for kids as almost a scientific exploration. With this glitter art idea for preschoolers, they witness the effects of the glitter sticking to the glue while falling from the areas of the paper where there isn’t any glue.

Process art can be messy, but it sure is cool. And since we love glitter crafts, it made this project even more fun for us!

Process art is highly beneficial for preschoolers as it emphasizes the creative journey rather than focusing solely on the end result. By encouraging children to explore and experiment with different materials, colors, and textures, process art nurtures their imaginations and self-expression.

This open-ended approach fosters problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities, all while boosting their confidence in making choices. Additionally, process art allows young learners to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they manipulate various tools during the artistic process.

Couple the glitter process art project with thought-provoking questions to make the most of the learning:

  • How does the glitter make you feel when you see it sparkling? How can you use the glue to make the glitter stick in a way that shows those feelings in your art?
  • What do you think happens to the glitter and glue when they mix together? Can you experiment with different techniques to create interesting textures and effects?
  • Imagine your artwork is magical. If your glitter and glue creation had a special power, what would it be, and how can you illustrate that power in your artwork?
– Life Over C's Do you love glitter? This glitter printing project is a fun process art activity for kids (and adults too!) Tips on how NOT to make a mess with glitter too.

What Can Toddlers and Preschoolers Learn With Glitter Process Art Activities for Kids?

GLITTER ARTS AND CRAFTS

PROCESS ART TEACHES A WEALTH OF SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS AND CONCEPTS THAT CAN BE APPLIED TO OTHER LEARNING. THE PRODUCT OF ART SHOULDN’T BE JUDGED AS GOOD OR BAD.

The glitter project also promotes emotional development by providing a safe outlet for expressing feelings and emotions through art. Ultimately, process art empowers preschoolers to appreciate their individuality, fostering a love for learning and creativity that will benefit them throughout their lives.

  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor
  • Problem-Solving
  • Self-Expression
– Life Over C's Do you love glitter? This glitter printing project is a fun process art activity for kids (and adults too!) Tips on how NOT to make a mess with glitter too.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Create Process Art?

Exploring process art, like watercolor painting, raised salt painting, or cotton ball painting, offers a lot of benefits for kids, not to mention it’s fun!

Creativity

Process art encourages children to explore and experiment, fostering their imaginative thinking and creative expression.

Fine Motor

Engaging with various art materials and tools helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills in young learners.

Self-Confidence

The open-ended nature of process art empowers kids to make their own decisions, building their self-confidence and sense of accomplishment.

Social-Emotional

Process art provides a safe space for children to express their feelings and emotions, promoting emotional intelligence and well-being.

How to Make the Glitter Printing Process Art

Step One:

Lay the large packing paper on the table or floor. We have lots of leftover paper that we didn’t use in our moving boxes and this was a great way to use it.

Avoid using a table cloth because you will want to be able to throw this away when you are done. This is how you are going to contain that glitter!

– Life Over C's Do you love glitter? This glitter printing project is a fun process art activity for kids (and adults too!) Tips on how NOT to make a mess with glitter too.

Step Two:

Sprinkle glitter all over the packing paper. Do stripes of different colors, mix colors together, get a little bit wild and creative!

Step Three:

Have your child draw on her own paper with the glue stick. Any design she can think of. We did swirly designs, but you could draw actual pictures instead.

Just remember that the glue dries pretty quickly, so you will want to make the design simple. You will not be able to add more glue after the next step or your glue stick will get full of glitter.

– Life Over C's Do you love glitter? This glitter printing project is a fun process art activity for kids (and adults too!) Tips on how NOT to make a mess with glitter too.

Step Four:

Press the paper, glue side down onto the glitter. Rub the back of the paper for a few seconds. Make sure to rub the whole thing.

Take a look at your beautiful art! Next up, glitter canvas art! I recommend laying the pictures on a flat surface while the glue dries and then gently shaking them over top of the packing paper to knock off any excess glitter.

– Life Over C's Do you love glitter? This glitter printing project is a fun process art activity for kids (and adults too!) Tips on how NOT to make a mess with glitter too.

Step Five:

I recommend laying the pictures on a flat surface while the glue dries and then gently shaking them over top of the packing paper to knock off any excess glitter. That’s it! Now display those prints. Placing them on a window lets the glitter really shine.

Extend the Activity

Experiment

Experiment with the art materials to see any changes in the outcome of the prints. Use liquid glue and a paint brush to make your design before pressing it on the glitter. Is it the same as the glue stick?

Talk About It

This glitter craft for kids is so engaging that it’s an obvious conversation starter. Talk with your child about the steps to make the glitter print, the colors, or just the art fine motor experience in general.

Go Beyond Glitter

Take this art idea a different direction by practicing numbers, letters, the child’s name, or shapes. Just draw with the glue stick, press, and reveal.

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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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4 Comments

  1. Hello, then cut to shapes for sun catchers. fun idea. I think we will do Scottish tartan (plaids) as we are studing our family line. thanks for idea.

  2. My granddaughter adores anything that sparkles. I think we will try this together! Thank you for sharing at #wonderful wednesday! Pinned and tweeted.

  3. could use piece of contact paper stead of glue. then cut to shapes for sun catchers. fun idea. I think we will do Scottish tartan (plaids) as we are studing our family line. thanks for idea.