Orange Painting for Kids

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

collage of orange painting images with text: Orange Painting Process Art Painting for KidsThis week’s topics were all about Fruit Trees and throughout the week we explored lots of different types of fruit: Apple, Cherry, Lemon, Orange, and Plum.

photo of sliced orange next to paper plate on trayFor today’s lesson, we focused on oranges. We made the color orange by mixing red and yellow paint, explored the inside of an orange, and wrapped things up with this quick and easy orange process art.

preschooler painting on paper plate with orange plateThis post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if an item is purchased through one of these links.  For more information, please see my full disclosures.

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 mixing orange and yellow paint on paper plate to make orange craftA while back, I was organizing some things in the studio and I realized that we had lots of left-overs from our preschool curriculum kits, so I grabbed a few plastic containers and made some STEAM bins. Both the little guy and baby girl use the materials in them just about every day.

preschooler painting on paper plate to make orange craftOranges are citrus fruits and contain high amounts of vitamin C. They typically have 10 segments of fruit. Oranges are usually sweet and can be juiced to make orange juice. 

preschooler using paintbrush to add orange paint to paper plateSometimes, we even grab a few things to use with our process art activities. Today’s orange tissue paper is a perfect example of that. We’ve done a few activities over the years using tissue paper squares, but even so, there are almost always some left-over.

preschooler putting orange tissue paper squares on paper plate orange craftWe definitely had a wonderful time with this orange painting for kids activity! Process art is great for encouraging creative thinking, problem-solving, and of course fine motor skills.

preschooler adding green leaf to paper plate orange craftOrange Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Plate
  • Circle Shapes
  • Paint (Orange, Yellow)
  • Oranges
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Glue
  • Paintbrushes

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Cut an orange in half and set it out.
  • Peel another orange and place the peels in a bowl.
  • Set out Inspiration Photo and additional supplies.


  • What do you see inside an orange? What shapes do you see?
  • Will you keep your circle whole or cut it into slices?
  • How many orange slices will you make?
  • Could you use an orange peel as a painting tool?


  • Does the child explore painting with her fingers or an orange peel?
  • Does she use her senses during the activity?

This adorable paper plate orange craft is perfect for preschoolers! Not only did baby girl paint her orange, but she also found some fabric scraps and nature items and added a leaf and a stem.

preschooler's paper plate orange craftI think her orange process art turned out great and it was definitely a wonderful way to learn all about fruit trees 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 orange painting images with text: Orange Painting Process Art for Preschoolers