Mountain Sunset Painting for Kids

Encourage creativity and fine motor skills with this Mountain Sunset Painting for Kids. This quick and easy process art activity is perfect for your next preschool arctic theme. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! 

collage of mountain sunset process art images with text: Mountain Sunset Process Art Painting for KidsThis week, we’re learning about Alpine Tundra and today’s topic was Mountaintop. This awesome Mountain Sunset Painting for Kids was such a wonderful, open-ended art activity for preschoolers and kindergartners.

orange watercolor paint dripped on coffee filter
Mountains are big and old. The top of a mountain is called the summit. People pack specific things in their packs when hiking up a mountain. The highest peak in the world is Mount Everest in Nepal. 

watercolor paint on coffee filter
Your little kids will for sure love having the opportunity to make this beautiful mountain sunset watercolor painting.  

child filling eyedropper with watercolor paint
child dripping watercolor paint on coffee filter
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child filling eyedropper with liquid watercolor to make mountain sunset process art
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liquid watercolor on coffee filter
Mountain Sunset Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Coffee Filter
  • Black Paper
  • Eyedropper
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue

coffee filter with liquid watercolor resembling a sunset
Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and additional supplies. 

Prompts

  • What do you see in the mountain photo? 
  • What do you think happens to the sun at the end of the day? 
  • Will you cut your coffee filter? 
  • How can you use the coffee filter to make a sunset? 
  • How many mountaintops will you create? 

Observe

  • Did the child easily cut with the scissors? 
  • Did he/she follow the steps? 
  • Did he/she communicate ideas about his art? 

child dripping watercolor onto coffee filter to make sunset process art
liquid watercolor on coffee filter
We ended up splitting this activity into two parts. If I were doing this with just the little guy, I probably would’ve done it all at one time, but with baby girl, it made more sense to create the sunset first. 

red, orange, and yellow liquid watercolor on coffee filter
red, orange, and yellow paint on coffee filter to make sunset process art
To do that, we grabbed a few plastic trays, liquid watercolors, and an eyedropper for each kiddo. 

child using glue stick on black cardstock
They dripped red, orange, and yellow liquid watercolor onto their coffee filter to create a beautiful mix of colors. 

child's finished sunset process art
After that, we dried the coffee filters by blotting them with paper towels. We used black paper for the background and added our coffee filter sunsets. 

preschooler's mountain sunset process art
The kids had a blast with the liquid watercolors. Why am I not surprised? We’ve done several activities similar to making these mountain sunsets and they’ve all been a blast! Check out our Designing Wings Butterfly Craft for Preschoolers and Fire Colors Science & Nature STEAM Investigation Station for even more liquid watercolor fun! 

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collage of mountain sunset process art images with text: Mountain Sunset Watercolor Painting for Kids