Make the perfect open-ended Easter themed activity that encourages children to think outside of the box. This plastic Easter egg process art activity is inviting and enjoyable – all in one! Oh, and it’s also messy. We did it outside to fully enjoy and embrace the experience.
Easter Egg Process Art
In this process art activity, children are exploring colors, cause and effect, and some will even dive into sensory exploration. This may be one of the easiest Easter art activities ever to set up, and it is one that my children enjoy for large blocks of time.
- Watered down tempera paint
- Plastic Easter Eggs with holes
- Paper to use for a large painting surface
Plastic Easter eggs typically come with holes, but check any eggs you buy to make be sure that they do. Otherwise you can just drill a hole or two in your plastic eggs.
The tempera paint will need to be watered down to make this activity work. You will want a runny consistency. Plus, you are stretching your paint by adding the water. I love this trick for process art projects since we are focusing on the experience and not the end result.
I used easel paper for our painting surface. Any sort of paper would work.
Mix your tempera paint with water. I used one part paint to one part water. If you find that your paint is still too thick, you can always just add more water.
Invite the child pour or scoop the paint into an opened egg. Be sure to check the eggs before adding the paint to see which half has better openings for the paint to easily drip through.
Now let the paint drip through the bottom of the plastic egg onto the paper. Plop. Plop. Plop.
If for some reason the holes get clogged, add more water into the egg directly or try using the other side.
We worked on matching the egg color to the paint color. Some children decided to start pouring instead of dripping. Then by the end, it was a sensory experience of just mixing all the colors together with paint-filled hands.
After every process art project, I always remind myself to do these more often because they are so enjoyable and engaging. This plastic egg process art project is the perfect activity to encourage children to enjoy the process and experience of painting.
BIO: Katie writes at Preschool Inspirations and has been teaching and administrating preschool and early childhood programs for a total of 14 years. You can find more process art activities on her blog. For more of Katie’s work you can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.