I love activities that are multi-sensory and process based. Our Jingle Bell Process Painting is the perfect holiday season art project. My girls loved singing jingle bells as they happily created a gorgeous painting (which we later used as homemade wrapping paper!).
WHAT YOU NEED FOR JINGLE BELLS PROCESS PAINTING
TIME FOR JINGLE BELLS PROCESS PAINTING!
Prior to introducing the activity to your children cut a large piece of paper. We have a long table so I cut the paper the length of the table. If you don’t have a long table this activity would work well on the floor. Set up small amounts of red, yellow, blue and white paint on container lids (I used a chip tray with multiple spots for paint) or small plates. If you are working with multiple children have multiple containers of each color. String 1-3 bells on pipe cleaners. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaners together to make loops.
Introduce the activity by exploring how the bells can be dipped in the paint and then put the paint on the paper. How do the bells sound before they have paint on them? How do they sound afterwards? My girls loved how the bells jingled when they touched the paper. After awhile we also noticed that the bells no longer made music. We peeked at the opening of the bells and noticed they were full of paint. A scientific exploration right in the middle of an art project!
Like with all art projects focus on the process of the art rather than the end product. “Charlotte look at how the red and blue paint mixed together! I see a new color!” “Luca, I notice you are using your whole arm to move the blue paint all over the paper. Look at the different lines you are making.” Avoid statements that begin with “I like” or “It looks like a…”, instead focus your observations on what your child is doing. You are aiding language development by giving words to your child’s actions.
Using red, yellow and blue paints allows for natural color mixing to occur. My daughters delighted in discovering greens, purples and oranges appearing on their paper. We focused these discoveries on observing what colors they used to make other colors appear. When your children are done creating let the painting dry. Save the paint covered bells. They look beautiful as a present topper.
Check out how we used this paper to make our own Jingle Bells Wrapping Paper!