Animal art or Easter crafts for kids? What if your little artist could combine her love of all things furry and fuzzy with a creative holiday-themed craft? Well, she can. With a set of water colors, a paintbrush and some awesome imagination, your kiddo can create beautiful little bunnies for Easter – or for any time.
Toddler or Preschool Spring Water Color Art
One of the best things about art projects like this is kids experience learning benefits through the process of the activity and enjoy an adorable final product.
This animal activity encourages your child to explore the artistic process, painting her own bunny features. She’ll put together a rabbit, after adding her own individually mixed hues to the pieces. Create a holiday display or send the bunnies to family as holiday cards!
Bunny Art Learning Outcomes
What can your young child learn from this art activity? And, in what ways can she develop?
- Fine motor skills: Eye-hand coordination and dexterity.
- Colors: Color recognition and identification, and color-mixing.
- Math: Shapes and the part-to-whole relationship.
- Science: Animals and (again) color-mixing. Your child can also experiment with water – adding different amounts of paint to it, predicting and observing what happens when the water mixes with the paint.
Here’s what you’ll need for this art exploration:
- White card stock paper (the thickness of card stock holds the water well)
- Water color paints
- A thin paintbrush
- Clear-drying school glue
- Draw a large circle and two ovals onto the paper with a marker. If drawing circles free-hand is challenging, create stencils by drawing the shapes onto reused cardboard and trace. These shapes make the bunny’s face and ears. Along with being ears, the ovals also look like Easter eggs your child will decorate.
- Ask your child what else the bunny’s face needs. Draw eyes, a nose and a mouth onto paper. Cut the shapes out.
- Paint the shapes. Your child can explore how the water colors work, changing the amounts of water and paint. Ask her what she thinks will happen if she only uses a little bit of water, what will happen if she uses more paint or what will happen when the water and paint mix together. She can also mix different colors now. Try painting half of a circle yellow and the other half blue. What happens in the middle? It turns green! Repeat with different primary color (red, yellow and blue) combinations. Your child doesn’t have to stick with the primaries. Encourage her to mix whatever colors she wants to.
- Let the paint dry.
- Put the bunny together. Your child can puzzle together the shapes, turning them into one bunny picture. Use the glue to attach the shapes to one another and to another piece of card stock paper.
Artsy Animal Extensions
This doesn’t have to be an Easter-only project. You can use the same steps to create other animals. Make monkeys, cats, dogs or any other creature that your child wants to. Another option is to combine the different animal parts into one mismatched creature, such as an alligator-kangaroo or a bird-puppy.
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