Practice creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills with this Jupiter Painting for Kids process art activity! Your little learners will have a blast with this tape resist painting technique. Don’t forget to add this quick & easy planet craft to your next space preschool theme!
This week we’re exploring Giant Planets and we’re having a blast making our very own solar system! We started with a Paper Plate Sun Painting for Kids and each day we’ve been adding a new planet. Today we’re learning all about Jupiter with this Jupiter Painting for Kids!
Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system. Jupiter is a gas giant with faint rings around it. It is known for the Great Red Spot, which is a storm that is always present on its surface. It had 67 moons, the most of all the planets.
Space is such an interesting topic for little kids and what could be more fun than listening to space-themed read alouds while creating space process art? After all, little kids learn best from hands-on activities like these quick & easy planet crafts.
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When we’re doing painting activities for kids, I usually pull out the heavy-duty mixed media paper. One thing I’ve learned over the years is the thicker the paper, the less it warps and bends.
Because let’s face it, little kids use loads of paint. And that’s kind of the point! I want them to experiment with texture, make a mess, and explore their creativity.
Jupiter Painting for Kids
What you’ll need
- Inspiration Photo
- Circle Shape
- Painter’s/Masking Tape
- Paint (White, Yellow)
Here’s how to do it
- Set out Inspiration Photo and additional supplies.
- Add 3-4 strips of masking tape across each child’s circle shape.
- Invite children to pick one color and paint a stripe between two pieces of masking tape.
- Pick a different color and paint that stripe.
- Continue to paint until the planet is covered in colors.
- When dry, remove the masking tape to reveal the striped Jupiter.
- Did the child use tape to make stripes?
- Which colors did he or she choose?
For this particular painting for kids activity, I gave them a brayer, bubble wrap, a spatula, old gift cards, sponges, and even a pokey ball.
The planet inspiration photos that we got in our curriculum kit this month are wonderful. The detail is absolutely stunning and I wanted the little guy and baby girl to have lots of different materials to choose from when making their own.
We also spent a lot of time researching each of the planets and looking at images from NASA, which are of course just as beautiful. That’s an option too if you didn’t get this month’s Space & Sky theme.
Either way, your preschool and kindergarten learners will definitely fall in love with this quick & easy planet craft.
The tape resist technique couldn’t have been more perfect for making “Jupiter Stripes!” And of course, don’t forget to do a little bit of research with your kiddos to find out what causes Jupiter’s stripes. I promise it’s super fascinating!
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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