Banana Painting for Kids

Practice fine motor skills while learning about skins and shells with your preschoolers using this Banana Painting for Kids process art activity. This painting for kids activity is perfect for your next orchard preschool theme.

collage of banana painting images with text: Banana Painting Process Art Painting for KidsWe’re continuing to learn about Skins and Shells and our topic for today’s lesson is Banana. The discussion question for the day was, “How do you eat a banana?”

preschooler painting banana tree stems on cardstockThe little guy was quick to tell me that you need to peel the yellow skin from a banana before you can eat it. We definitely love bananas around here!

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

preschooler painting yellow bananas on cardstockOf course, we did the Banana Boogie too, which is one of our favorite Dance ‘n Beats videos. Gross motor skills are super important for children. Dance has so many wonderful benefits including coordination and balance, so we try to incorporate music and movement activities as often as possible in our homeschool.

preschooler adding yellow cornstarch noodles to banana painting process artBananas are covered by yellow skin or a peel. They are healthy and high in potassium.

preschooler using yellow cornstarch noodles to make bunches of bananas on cardstockThis banana process art was so much fun that baby girl insisted on doing it more than once. What a wonderful way to practice fine motor skills as well as attention and persistence!

preschooler adding yellow cornstarch noodles to banana paintingFor today’s activity, we grabbed some yellow and brown paint as well as paintbrushes and painted banana plants on green cardstock. After that, we used the yellow cornstarch noodles to make bunches of bananas.

preschooler adding yellow cornstarch noodles to banana process artBanana Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Starch Noodles
  • Craft Stick
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Damp Cloth/Sponge
  • Real Bananas (Optional)

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and additional supplies.
  • Look outside for grass, leaves, or other natural textures.
  • Optional: Set out real bananas for children to copy the colors, lines and bruises.


  • What do you notice about the photo? How is a banana plant similar to and different from other trees? 
  • What colors and shapes do you see? 
  • How will you use the craft stick? 
  • How will you use the noodles to create a banana sculpture? 


  • Does the child flip the noodles so they fit together in one long line?
  • How does he describe the way he put together the noodles?

This adorable banana plant craft is perfect for preschoolers! Using cornstarch noodles to make bunches of bananas is a great way to work on their pincer grasp as well as lots of other important early learning skills.

preschooler's banana painting for kids process artI think her banana process art turned out great and it was definitely a wonderful way to learn all about skins and shells in an engaging and hands-on way!

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Transportation theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of banana painting images with text: Banana Painting Process Art for Preschoolers