Tree Resist Painting for Kids

Get creative and practice fine motor skills with your preschoolers and kindergartners using this Tree Resist Painting for Kids. Don’t forget to add this engaging and hands-on process art activity to your next nature preschool theme.

collage of tree resist painting images with text: Tree Resist Process Art Painting for KidsWe love invitation to create activities and this Tree Resist Painting for Kids was definitely no exception. While learning about trees last week, we used masking tape to create this simple tree painting process art.

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Painting is such a wonderful way for kids to practice creative thinking, problem-solving, and of course fine motor skills. Not only that, but open-ended art activities are great for introducing new topics in your classroom or homeschool.

preschooler using pompom to add yellow paint to tree paintingTrees are an important part of our world. They provide clean air for us to breathe, homes for animals, and can grow fruit for people to eat. 

child making tree branches on background paper with masking tapeAnd with that knowledge, we started this month’s theme and our study of trees. Our topics for the week were climbing trees, building with trees, painting trees, counting in trees, and writing with trees.

preschooler painting with pompom on clothespinHow to Make Tree Art

When it was all said and done, we spent lots of time making art together in the studio this week, which worked out really well considering it’s been raining basically nonstop all week.

preschooler painting trees with clothespin and pompomTree art is a quick and easy process art activity using everyday supplies. We grabbed cardstock and masking tape to make tree branches and then used pompoms and clothespins as paintbrushes.

child resist painting trees on brown cardstockAfter your children are done painting, it’s time to pull off the tape. We used brown paper and various shades of green paint, which meant we were left with absolutely beautiful tree paintings.

Keep reading for even more tree art activities for preschoolers and kindergartners!

preschooler painting trees on brown cardstockTree Resist Painting for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Clothespin
  • Pompom
  • Background Paper
  • Scrap Paper
  • Paint
  • Leaves
  • Masking Tape

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out Inspiration Photo and additional supplies.


  • How many “tree branches” (pieces of tape) will you stick on your paper? (Decorate the paper with tape before painting it.)
  • What paint colors will you use?
  • How will you use the pompoms and clothespins as painting tools?
  • What happens when you pull off the tape?


  • Does the child remain focused long enough to cover the entire paper with paint?
  • Does he communicate what he is going to do first?

child's finished tree resist paintingTree Preschool Theme

These Tree Preschool Theme activities are perfect for your next nature thematic study or orchard preschool theme. Check out these awesome tree-themed painting ideas for kids from The Keeper of the Memories:

  • This fantastic painting for kids activity focuses on visual arts, attention and persistence, and fine motor skills. This Tree Painting for Kids activity is perfect for encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving skills too.
  • Check out this quick & easy Preschool Tree Art activity! Use it to study Kandinsky or even save this fun idea for your next orchard or winter theme!
  • Encourage creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills with this Tree Painting for Kids. Don’t forget to add it to your next nature preschool theme.

preschooler's finished tree resist paintingDon’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our EcoVenture theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of tree resist painting images with text: Tree Resist Process Art Painting for Preschoolers