Christmas bow painting in preschool

Today the children explored Christmas bows through a little painting activity…

To prepare this activity, gather up a bag of bow then peel the stickers off a few of the bows and stick them on the back side of a few small gift boxes.  Set out some paint and paper and your ready to go…

The children dipped the bows in the paint and made “bow” prints on their paper…

I noticed some of the children like to really press those bows down hard into the paint and on their paper…

And other children were extra careful to keep their fingers out of the paint…

In the end, the paintings were very bright and colorful with a hint of texture left from the bows. If you don’t have a box, just stick the bow on a block or perhaps they could just stick them on their hands and try a little handprint bow painting…

They all turned out different and quite unique!

Simple and fun to do…

By |2017-03-28T22:28:17+00:00December 8th, 2011|

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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. Karen K December 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    What a great idea. I am going to use this for my kids to decorate gift bags for their Christmas gifts.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      That’s a good plan Karen!

  2. Teresa December 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Very nice! So creative and beautiful…the colours!
    See our blog Pré Azul
    I´m a kindergarden teacher in Portugal.
    Congratulations, Teresa Rebelo

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      I will be sure to drop by Teresa:)

  3. Shelley December 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I know that this is random but I was just going through your archives to get more ideas for Christmas activities (you are my absolute favorite preschool website to learn from) and I found an old entry in December 2010 where you provided a lesson plan template. In it you said you would write more about how you include the details for each plan but I could not find any such entry. I know that in earlier posts you wrote about lesson plans but I’m wondering if you could write more about organizing and lesson planning…giving as many examples as possible because I am a BIG visual learner?

    I know you’re VERY busy so…thanks for taking the time and thanks for your amazing website!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 8, 2011 at 12:15 am - Reply

      I will do my very best to do that for you Shelley!

  4. Cassie December 8, 2011 at 7:32 am - Reply

    What a fun craft idea! I love letting the kids do “messy” crafts projects that they aren’t normally able to do at home. This is a great idea for the holiday season and an inventive use of bows!

  5. Sara December 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Love this! So much I shared it on my blog! I will be trying this next week with my daughter.

    Have a great week/weekend!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Ah, how sweet!! You have a wonderful weekend too!

  6. Esther December 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    We have to try this! By daughter loves the gift bows. I use them in the Holiday sensory bin.

  7. Natty ed Elisa December 9, 2011 at 1:40 am - Reply

    This is a great idea. We will use the bow painting after the christmas holidays!
    Ciao Ciao 🙂

  8. Wendy Crislip December 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I love this idea. We don’t celebrate Christmas or other holidays in our Head Start program but next week I plan on having the first of three birthday celebration weeks. Gift bow prints will be a great addition. I was thinking about balloon prints as well.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Gift bows and balloon prints would be perfect for a birthday week!!

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