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Mar 192012

Do you ever set out random materials for you little ones to explore without having an end result in mind?

I do that quite often for Aiden.

I believe the process is more important than the product.

On this particular day, I set out a variety of brushes and sponges for Aiden. He enjoyed discovering each brush.

I have been collecting coffee creamer containers because I like the shape and figured I could eventually use them for a craft or activity.

I decided to paint them and roll them on paper.  Aiden liked this idea as well.

I thought the prints looked like a monsters so I added eyes, legs, and arms.

Aiden decorated his as well.

Then, he decided to use his fingers to paint another piece of paper.

I really enjoy process oriented activities.

Just set out a few things to use and see what happens.

You work on fine motor skills, creativity, decision making, and observation skills just to name a few!

What will your little ones create when the focus is the process not the product?

Thanks for stopping by!

  8 Responses to “Painting Monsters: The End Result of Process Oriented Art”

  1. I love how the monsters evolved from random process art! They turned out so cute too! :)

  2. I especially love that you were creating process art alongside your son! My daughter recently discovered symmetry while playing with napkins and glitter glue:

    Thanks for sharing your post with Learning Laboratory!

  3. Wow – such a cool result (even though that was not your focus)!

    I am always looking at things I am about to throw away – what could this become. My kids too are always digging through the recyclables!

  4. I love it when there are no expectations involved and kids are able to simple explore. Great idea to use bottles are rollers.

    • Me, too! Even when I have an idea of how something should turn out, my son thinks it should go some other way – which is completely fine with me. :)

  5. What a cool, fun project! My kiddo would love it! Thanks for sharing at our Shine on Fridays party!

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