Pinecone Painting for Kids

Encourage creativity and fine motor skills this holiday season with Pinecone Painting for Kids. This pinecone process art activity is perfect for Christmas! You’re definitely going to want to check it out! 

pinecone process art images with text: Pinecone Painting for Kids Process Art This week we’re learning about the Alpine Tundra and one of the topics was Spruce Tree, which meant lots of awesome pinecone activities. We measured pinecones and of course made process art too with this awesome Pinecone Painting for Kids.  

preschooler stamping pinecone covered in paint on cardstock
preschooler making pinecone process art using pinecone and paint
Spruce Trees grow very tall and have needles like a pine tree. When lumberjacks cut down a tree they might yell “Timber!” when it’s falling. Spruce trees are found growing along the edge of the tundra and as the temperature gets warmers, these trees grow more quickly. 

preschooler stamping on cardstock using pinecone and paint
This was for sure a favorite for baby girl. She had a blast using pinecones to paint and this is a perfect holiday activity this Christmas season. The little guy wanted to add gold glitter and red paint so our Pinecone paintings would be all kinds of festive and they for sure are! 

preschooler painting by dipping pinecone into paint and then stamping pinecone on cardstock
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pinecone process art with white, gold, and green paint splatters
preschooler stamping pinecone with red paint onto cardstock
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preschooler's pinecone process art
preschooler's pinecone painting on cardstock
Pinecone Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Pinecone
  • Background Paper
  • Paint
  • Glitter

pinecone and gold glitter on tray with preschooler's pinecone process art
Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and additional supplies. 


  • What do you notice about the pinecone photo? 
  • What are different ways you can paint with a pinecone? 
  • What could you use to make pine needles for your picture? 
  • What do you think would happen if you broke open a pinecone? 
  • How could you use pinecone pieces to make a collage? 


  • How did the child use the pinecone as a painting tool? How else did he or she make art? 

preschooler sprinkling gold glitter onto pinecone process art
pinecone painting for kids with gold glitter
preschooler sprinkling glitter on pinecone painting for kids
Both the little guy and baby girl were super into this activity. I can’t even tell you long they hung out in the studio and painted. They stamped with pinecones. They rolled the pinecones. They even grabbed more pinecones and kept right on painting.

pinecone painting process art using Christmas paint colors
And when they were finished painting, it was time to add some glitter! Baby girl loved picking up the glitter and sprinkling it on her pinecone process art. Did I mention it was also a great way to practice her pincer grasp? 

pinecone process art with paint and glitter created by stamping and rolling pinecones on cardstockpinecone painting with red, white, yellow, and green paintpinecone painting with splatters of paint
Process art using found objects or nature items is a great quick & easy toddler and preschool activity that’s also inexpensive. In the last year, we’ve painted with pinecones, kitchen utensils, and everything in between. 

If you’re looking for more great painting for kids ideas, be sure you check out our list of 50+ Process Art Activities for Kids

paint mixing together on pinecone painting for kids
We’ve done so many wonderful winter-themed activities this month and both kiddos are really enjoying them. I can’t wait to see what we’ll be learning about next! 

preschooler's finished pinecone painting for kids with red, white, gold, and green
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pinecone process art images with text: Pinecone Painting for Kids Process Art