Painting with colors in preschool: A repost because I wanted to add words!

Sorry about the long title! I just couldn’t let this go without saying something. I always have something to say….

This is such a terrific example of how an art project can be so simple but so much fun. Sometimes, I think we over think the process of art and worry to much about the end results.

I happened to drop by this classroom and the children were sponge painting colors on their sheet of construction paper.

Each child had a different color of paint to match his or her sheet of construction paper.

I thought it was such an odd activity really but as I observed, I realized that the children were so engaged in the process. They did not ask what they were making or why they were painting, they were just painting.

I think that part of what they enjoyed was that there were no rules. No concerns over where to place the eyeball or how to cut on a line. Just the freedom to explore their color of paint.

Many of the children would switch and try a new color on a new sheet of construction paper.

I finally did ask the teacher what the plan was, I guess I thought there probably had to be one:)

The teacher said they were making the background for their State Fair quilt.

At another table, the children were coloring these pictures to add to their construction paper squares later.  In the end, they will glue the colored pictures to their colorful backdrop.

I always love watching the children wash their hands. Some of the children make it a very long process:)

Check out these great activities for color!

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By |2010-08-04T20:11:14+00:00August 4th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog August 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Great ideas for working with color! Sponge painting is so much fun!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart August 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      I love sponge painting – the ideas for sponge painting are really endless!

  2. renee August 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Hi I am just getting ready to open my daycare! And I am super excited. Love the chance the win this educational book, for I am sure I will have my share of children with separation anxiety. Thanks so much for the chance at winning. Hug the ones you love!! Renee

  3. smita August 7, 2010 at 11:02 am - Reply

    What a fun ….. Excited to try it out today with my kid !!!

  4. Gail P August 15, 2010 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Here’s a tip for easier clean-up. You know that the washable paints can sometimes leave a stain on hands. I have the children use hand lotion first to fill up there pores etc and the soap and water clean up has been more effective.

  5. Teacher Cheryl September 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Hey! we did this activity! 🙂 We were on the topic of squares and we used various sponge sizes, all square shaped! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Here’s how ours went:

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