Superhero Swirl Process Art for Little Kids

Practice creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills with this quick & easy Superhero Swirl activity for Little Kids! All you need is paint, a paper plate and brushes. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! 

collage of swirl process art images with text: Superhero Swirl Process Art for Little KidsThis week we started our Superheroes preschool theme and did a really fun Superhero Swirl Process Art activity. It was for sure a great way to explore color mixing with the little guy and baby girl. 

preschooler squeezing paint onto paper plate
Both little kids love painting and especially when they get the opportunity to do their own thing. And the wonderful process art style activities that are included in our preschool curriculum kits each month give them the opportunity to do exactly that. 

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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 putting paint onto paper plate
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. 

Superhero Swirl

What you’ll need


  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper Plate


  • Fill an ice cube tray with various colors of watery paint. 
  • Gather paintbrushes and a paper plate and set them on the tray with the ice cube tray. 

Here’s how to do it

  • Use a clean brush to model how to make swirly motions on the paper plate.
  • Observe how the child tries to recreate this motion with the paint on the plate. 
  • Which colors does he choose? Does he try to make the circular motions, or does he choose another design? 

This was such a cool idea and just one of the many reasons why I make a point of purchasing the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebook each month.

It’s a play-based supplement that adapts the activities in the preschool curriculum to be developmentally appropriate for baby girl and of course she loves having her very own preschool activities just like her big brother.  

preschooler swirling paint on paper plate
And of course let’s not forget that a lot of the activities, for example today’s Superhero Swirl Process Art, the little guy loves too! He totally puts his own spin on things. Like I said, this simple toddler tray play idea turned into a lesson about color mixing all because the little guy loves to explore the world around him and encourages baby girl to do the same. 

preschooler using paintbrush to swirl paint onto paper plate
We grabbed a few jars of kids tempera paint that we had lying around in the studio just because they needed to be used. The activities in each month’s Teacher Guide are incredibly versatile, which makes adapting them to fit our needs super simple. 

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

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collage of swirl process art images with text: Superhero Swirl Process Art for Little Kids


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