This is a very easy to set up water art project for kids ages 2 and above. All you need are crepe paper ( streamer paper) and water. I had crepe paper which come in sheets. But you could easily use streamer paper bits in various colors of your choice.
First step was the best since it involved lots of tearing. We loved ed tearing up the bright colorful crepe paper.
With a paint brush the kids “painted” the paper with water. Now here there are numerous ways to do this crepe paper art project activity.
1. Spray water on a white paper and stick the colored paper bits- Good for a toddler
2. Use a brush and paint with water and then stick the colored bits – Good for a toddler
3. Arrange the bits in groups of 4/5 and use a medicine dropper to drench them with water – Good for a pre schooler and above
4. Arrange the bits in small groups and then dab them with water using a brush ( great practice for brush control) – Good for a pre schooler
The kids arranged the bits, moistened the bits with water and waited for it to dry. As soon as the water hits the crepe paper you will see the color bleeding out on to the white paper.
>Here is one of the completed crepe paper art collage. Isn’t this water art project super fun and easy?
Once the entire paper is dry, the kids had a fun time peeling off the paper and we were left these beautiful pieces.
This activity is very toddler-friendly since it is very simple and doesn’t involve too many complicated steps. My toddler had a great time painting with water and had even more fun time sticking the colored bits. Good fine motor pratice.
As I had previously shown in our math series, we also used the bleeding art technique for a fun number recognition exercise here.
We created many open ended collage type water art work. However my pre schooler is in a “scene phase” now where anything short of a particular order is frowned upon! As she grows up her mind is being conditioned to think a certain way! So by her request we made a garden theme since her original jungle theme did not materialize due to lack of colors.
Notice how the color from the crepe paper is starting to bleed on to the paper creating this beautiful water crepe paper art.
She designed the scene and we both cut out the shapes needed. This was a great shapes and visualization exercise. However we got over-zealous with the water in the garden scene and the paper soaked and eventually ripped. So watch out for those too eager “water pourers”.
I really love how each arrangement is so unique in its own right. Here are our open ended creations by my toddler and pre schooler. Added bonus is that it is virtually no mess art activity kids will enjoy.
This was done on a card stock paper.
Fun water art project that every one should try.
Here are some art projects for kids we have done in the past.We have painted with mud, Kool-aid art projects, we have used animal images to create fantastic animal resist art and even used spaghetti paint brushes to paint.
Follow us on Pinterest for more kids activities. If you love play based learning and enjoy doing activities with your kids, Pinterest truly is the place to be: For parents, educators and care-givers.