String art for preschool

We brought some creativity into our recent exploration of  measurement and length by exploring this wonderful process of string art…

String Art by Teach Preschool

For this activity, we set out trays of glue tinted with liquid watercolors from Discount School Supply.  In preparation for this activity, I provided paint brushes, trays, and string.  Each child was given a bowl of various lengths of white string.  This process could easily be replicated with colored yarn and white school glue.  The white glue would dry clear, leaving just the colored yarn to show on the paper…

String Art by Teach Preschool

The children sat down at the table and began dipping their white strings into the colored glue.  They used the paintbrushes to help push their string into the glue and to brush off the excess, if necessary…

String Art by Teach Preschool

We encouraged the children to keep a hold of their string on one end, rather than dipping the entire piece, so that they could still have a clean “handle” to hold onto while manipulating their string.  After their string was all loaded up with the colored glue, the children then arranged the string on their paper…

String Art by Teach Preschool

While exploring this art process, the children noticed the difference in lengths of yarn.  Some of the children preferred using shorter lengths while others preferred the longer lengths…

String Art by Teach Preschool

A few children chose to drag their string across their paper to see what kind of effect it would have as well…

String Art by Teach Preschool

While others chose to add more paint on top of the strings after they put it on the paper…

String Art by Teach Preschool

Regardless of the method chosen, the results were beautifully textured string paintings…

String Art by Teach Preschool

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Links to grow on:

DIY simple textured wall art with string! by BluKatKraft

String painting art for preschoolers by Preschool Powol Packets

Y is for yarn in preschool by Teach Preschool



By |2013-02-10T06:00:15+00:00February 10th, 2013|

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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. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem February 10, 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

    I like this idea, especially adding liquid watercolours to the glue. How long a time did you schedule for this one, including cleanup?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 10, 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Hi Eddie, The length of time really depends on how many students join in, how interested they stay and want to explore the process, and how big of mess they end up with. For one student to do this – it would take probably 15 minutes from start to finish but really, it depends on each student and how much they enjoy the process. As far as scheduling, this is one of many different centers that are open during about an hourish time period.

  2. [email protected] February 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I’ve always loved string painting activities…especially love your colours! I like to put pegs on the string for younger toddlers to dip into paint and draw.
    They look like they had so much fun exploring concepts with this activity!

  3. Amanda February 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    This is so simple, yet I’m sure my kids would love it! I don’t think we’ve done anything like this before. Thanks for sharing!

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