I don’t know what your house looks like after Christmas or a birthday but ours is littered with cardboard boxes and packaging. Rather than just tossing it out into the recycle bin I decided to throw a few scraps into our art area and let the kids do some process art with it!
Process Art For Kids with Recycled Cardboard
- Art Supplies (Crayons, Markers, Dot Markers, Oil Pastels)
I pulled different sizes and shapes of cardboard from our recycling pile. I even ripped a few thicker pieces in half to give the kids different textures to work with.
The great thing about this process art activity with large pieces of cardboard is it’s perfect for multiple kids at one time and it’s subjective to each child’s imagination. I had three kids at time doing this and everyone got to create what the wanted, how they wanted. My preschoolers have hit a stage where they feel that craft projects have a “right” and “wrong” way and they are sure to point it out if they think one is being done the “wrong” way. But with process art there is no expected outcome so there is no right or wrong way, everyone creates what they want.
This kids activity was also perfect for my group of multi-aged children. My preschoolers could put their developing skills to work by creating shapes and pictures or try different techniques with the art supplies while my toddler was happy to simply stamp away with the dot markers.
The girls love doing open ended art activities like this and I usually leave it out all afternoon so they can revisit it and add more as the day goes on. My daughter spent at least 2 hours between multiple trips to the art table working on her “masterpiece.”
What do your kids like to color and create with besides paper?
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