Bridge Painting for Kids

This Bridge Painting for Kids collage is a great way to practice creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills while creating an amazing three-dimensional bridge collage. It’s the perfect painting for kids activity for your next preschool transportation theme. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it!

bridge painting for kids images with text: Bridge Painting Process Art Painting for KidsI’m so excited to share this wonderful visual arts activity with you today! Both the little guy and baby girl had lots of fun using their logic and reasoning skills to make bridge collages from everyday materials.

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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 using mini craft sticks to make bridge over painted paper plateLearning about bridges has always been a favorite topic around here. After all, bridges are super fascinating to the little guy who loves engineering, construction, and of course transportation too.

preschooler using mini craft sticks to build bridge over paper plateBridge Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Collage Materials
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and additional supplies.


  • What do you notice about these photos?
  • Who might use these bridges?
  • What kind of bridge will you make? Draw your plan.
  • How are you making the bridge?


  • Does the child draw a plan then use the supplies to execute it?
  • What part of the process is the most difficult for the child?
  • What part engages the child the longest?

There are so many different ways of designing and building bridges. Both the little guy and baby girl pretended the paper plate was a large body of water and used their critical thinking skills to build a bridge that extended the whole way across.

preschooler painting craft stick bridge They painted the paper plates blue and added some of the leftover gravel from our Road Painting for Kids activity. After that, they used straws to make bridge supports. Baby girl finished off her bridge using mini craft sticks and then painted it pink.

preschooler's finished bridge painting process artDon’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!

bridge painting for kids images with text: Bridge Collage Process Art Painting for Kids