A long while ago I wrote a post on toddler crafts. In it I explained a bit what process only art is. To reiterate… It is art that is done solely for the process and not for an end result. (product).
There are many parents and educators that do many process only art activities. However, many of them have some kind of agenda that limits the children in their process.For this post I have a bunch of “pure” process only art activities. Most of them involve painting which I did not include in the previous post I referenced.
There is no age that is more perfect than toddlers to do process only art. They are just learning about materials and revel in the sensory feelings that these materials give them.
The first one is probably the most sensory and process oriented you can get..finger painting. Its actually from this blog and if you click on the link you will see exact directions on how to run a good finger painting activity.
The second runs a close second to finger painting but, without the color and you can check out this shaving cream painting on the mirror activity here from The Artful Parent.
Next we have painting with the hands however, the hands are covered with bubble wrap. check out bubble wrap painting from Teach Preschool
We move away from direct contact with paint with this Squirt bottle painting activity from Mess for Less.
A similar activity from Toddler Approved doing some splat painting with stockings
To end the painting activities you can always add some sort of template to do your process art activities on top of so they end up with a real object like product, if you need it. This is what was done with this egg that was Spatter painting on an egg template from Hands on As we Grow.
One last process art activity was this tape project that is also from this blog that you can check out at the toddler arts and crafts post.