Process art activities are the best! No rules or specific instructions to follow, just your child’s creativity to guide them in their amazing artwork creations! The addition of bouncy balls to this space art activity for preschoolers makes this an extra exciting activity. Your child will love using their creativity, imagination, and bouncy balls to make an incredible outer space galaxy with this Spaced Themed Bouncy Ball Process Art Activities for Preschoolers.
This fun craft for kids would pair well with any space themed lesson plans or star and planet books you are reading!
What Are Process Art Projects?
One of the many reasons I love process art is because it is stress free for children!
You simply provide the materials for the arts and crafts activity and leave the rest up to your child.
For this project you need paint and bouncy balls, but the possibilities are really endless for the materials you can use for process art.
Develop a Child’s Creativity
Process art allows the control of the art project creation to be put completely in your child’s hands!
Fine Motor Skills
In early childhood it is really important to develop and strengthen fine motor skills, and process art projects are perfect for doing that.
Create Unique Works of Art
Process art is incredibly beneficial for children because it encourages them to be creative and create their own unique and special work of art.
How To Create This Space Themed Art Project For Preschool:
Materials Needed To Create This Spaced Themed Art For Preschoolers:
Get the Supplies Here:
Don’t worry about making a special trip to the store. You can get all the supplies for this activity right here.
- 9 X 13 metal cake pan
- 8.5 X 11 inch sheet of white paper (or card stock)
- washable paint
- bouncy balls
- glitter or confetti (optional)
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How To Create The Bouncy Ball Painting:
Process art for your outer space theme
Line the inside of your cake pan with the white piece of paper or card stock.
Squirt quarter size drops of paint onto the piece of paper. Make sure they are spaced out on the paper.
Add glitter or confetti to the paint if you want some extra sparkle in your solar system!
Place the bouncy balls inside of the pan. Gently tilt the pan from side to side, in a circular motion, or forward and backwards to achieve the desired effect.
It is totally up to your child to decide how they want to move the pan in this process art for preschoolers.
Watch as a beautiful piece of artwork is created by your child!
Helpful Hint! If you are planning on displaying this piece of artwork, you will want to use a smaller amount of paint so you don’t saturate the paper too much.
Other Ideas For This Bouncy Ball Art Project:
Try New Shapes
Swirl a bouncy ball around on a paper plate with some small dabs of paint on it to create a fun circular space art for preschool project. You will just want to take it slow so you don’t spill paint everywhere!
Try New Paints
Use watercolor painting to add some fun details to your open ended art activity space for preschoolers or just use water colors on their own to create another beautiful piece of process art.
Try New Textures
Try lining the cake pan with paper towels instead of paper and see how the texture of the paper towels changes the look of the painting.
Change the Theme
Black, blue, pink, and purple paints make the perfect colors for a space craft for kids, but you can easily change up the colors for a different theme!
Check out other themes we’ve tried!
- Color Mixing
- St. Patrick’s Day
Fine Motor Skills
After the artwork dries, cut it out in the shape of a circle, star, astronaut, or space shuttle to go along with the outer space theme.
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