Peaceful Pond Art for Preschoolers

Teach little kids about pond life and pond plants with this Peaceful Pond Art for Preschoolers Invitation to Creative Process Art Experience. You’re definitely going to want to check it out!

collage of pond process art with text: Peaceful Pond Process Art ExperienceThe little guy and I were so excited to get started with our pond theme! This week’s topic is Pond Plants and it was one of our favorites from a few years ago. You can check out our Preschool Pond Theme Underwater Paper Plate Craft here. And this time around, we’re making Peaceful Pond Art for Preschoolers!

preschooler drawing pond plants
Submergent pond plants are completely under water. They are a great place for fish to hide and are a major source of oxygen in the water. Mermaid plants and hornwort are good examples of submergent pond plants. 

preschooler's submerged pond plants drawing
Are you interested in creating your very own watercolor resist featuring submergent pond plants? You’re definitely going to want to keep reading then! It’s a quick & easy open-ended art activity using things that you probably have around the house.

This 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, see my disclosures here.

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 dipping paintbrush into paint
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.

inspiration photo of submerged pond plants

Peaceful Pond Invitation to Create Process Art Experience

What you’ll need

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and any additional materials.


  • What types of lines do you see in the photo?
  • What kinds of pond life can you include?
  • How will you add the watercolors?
  • What do you notice about how the crayons resist watercolor?


  • Did the child create a plan for his pond design?
  • How did he describe his process?

collage of pond process art with text: Peaceful Pond Preschool Process ArtI was so excited to see this process art experience in our Teacher Guide! I absolutely love resist painting, especially with little kids and this invitation to create was no exception.

We talked about what submerged means. Is it something that’s over the water or under the water? After that, it was time to create our Pond Art for Preschoolers!

preschooler painting pond art
The little guy and I picked out a few different colors of blue and green paint and got to work. We added just a bit of water to give our tempera paints a watercolor feel and he used white paper for the background.

preschooler making pond process art
He carefully drew his submergent pond plants and then added the blue and green paint to create his pond.

preschooler painting pond process art
We love process art because it encourages creative thinking, problem-solving, and even fine motor skills.

And as a homeschool mama, I’m thrilled that even for my kindergartner, Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) has both art and science covered for us.

preschooler's finished pond process art
I make sure to check out the Member Resources every month and we add to our homeschool library with each new theme. Because this is our second time around, we already had lots of the suggested picture books and I added a few more as well.

finished pond process art
One of my favorite picture books is One Small Square: Pond* I thought it would be perfect for him this year as a kindergartner. Another great one that’s full of information is Would You Rather Be a Pollywog: All About Pond Life*.

preschooler's finished pond theme process art
Little kids can learn so much just from making art while you read aloud to them and that’s for sure something that we do quite often around here.

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

collage of pond process art with text: Peaceful Pond Process Art for Preschoolers