Galaxy Painting for Kids

This Galaxy Sparkle Painting for Kids activity is perfect for exploring space with your little learners! Preschoolers and kindergartners will love having the opportunity to create sparkly process art while learning all about galaxies! 

collage of galaxy painting images with text: Galaxy Painting for Kids Process Art ActivityWe were so excited to try out this fun Galaxy Painting for Kids! The last time we did this theme, we did a similar Glitter Space Art for Preschoolers and both techniques are definitely out of this world! 

child making galaxy art with pink and blue paint
child making galaxy process art using paint on white cardstock
A galaxy is a cluster of billions of stars. We live in a galaxy called the Milky Way. The Milky Way cluster can be seen in the sky on very dark nights. 

One of the best parts of homeschooling is seeing your little kids really connect to and learn from what you’re teaching and this month’s Space & Sky theme is a perfect example of that! 

preschooler making galaxy art using paintbrush
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preschooler's galaxy process art
child's galaxy process art using pink, blue, and purple paint colors
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.

Process art is wonderful for encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving. Not to mention, it’s a great way to build important fine motor skills. 

galaxy process art with glitter
Galaxy Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Background Paper
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes
  • Watercolors
  • Glitter

child painting blue paint on white cardstock
preschooler painting galaxy art using paintbrush
Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and additional supplies. 


  • What colors will you use to create your galaxy?
  • What shapes do you see in the photo? Encourage children to paint.
  • How can you use the glitter to make “sparkles?” Encourage children to sprinkle glitter over their painting. 


  • Did the child demonstrate color or shape preferences as he or she created? 
  • Did he or she make a plan for their art? 

child making galaxy painting
child's painted rock on top of galaxy process art
The little guy and I did salt painting process art last week and made rocket ships, which I’ll be sharing sometime really soon, so you’re definitely going to want to keep an eye out for that post. 

We actually ended up switching things up some with this activity. Instead of salt (which was what the Teacher Guide originally suggested), we used really fine glitter. Either way, your little learners’ galaxy art is sure to sparkle.

galaxy process art on white cardstock
And while they were at it, both the little guy and baby girl painted galactic rocks too! We grabbed a rock painting kit one day while we were shopping and thought it would be lots of fun to make space rocks to go with our Galaxy Painting for Kids. 

That’s what makes process art so versatile! You can do what works for you. And of course, you can just experiment too!

We’ve made space art this month with both salt and glitter and although the results are similar, each piece of artwork is totally unique! 

preschooler's galaxy painting for kids process art
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our space & sky theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time)

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