Sunday, June 15, 2014

Abstract Window Art for Kids

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This abstract window art for kids is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!

For this month's Light & Reflections series, the theme was art. So I thought it would be fun to take advantage of the wonderful natural light that we get in our sunroom by setting up an invitation to create some gorgeous rainbow window art. Art that could be created again and again, if the kids wanted to. Something easy.

I had this idea to create our own DIY rainbow window art by using one simple material from the dollar store. Keeping things really simple here, just like I planned.

And I just absolutely love how this window art for kids turned out! It's so bright and colorful.

Rainbow abstract window art for kids - a great project for toddlers and preschoolers!

Abstract Window Art for Kids: What You'll Need

Creating your own window art like this at home is a breeze. Here's what we used:

  • Scissors and/or paper trimmer - To cut the transparencies into different sized pieces. Might as well sneak a little fine motor practice into this art activity first, right?
  • A container of water - You won't need much, just enough for the kids to dip their transparencies into. The water will be our glue for the art.

The boys and I cut the colored transparency sheets into various sizes using scissors and the paper trimmer before starting this window art activity. My youngest K was really fond of this part because, well, he's a sucker for anything that involves scissors or cutting.

Curious about how this art comes together without any glue or contact paper? Well, like craft foam, colored transparency sheets stick to surfaces when wet. So you simply have to dip them in water and they'll stick to windows. Easy peasy, right?

Closeup of a child's hands making abstract window art using natural light

Toddlers & Preschoolers Will Love this Rainbow Window Art Activity 

For this activity, the boys dipped the pieces of colored transparencies into water and pressed them to the windows in our sunroom. The sunlight in our sunroom at this time of year is just utterly perfect. Plus, we can cover up how dirty the windows are haha...no extra clean windows around here, that's for sure! Although does the water from this activity count as washing my windows?

Young child placing colored transparencies on a window

Young child placing colored transparencies on a window

Layering the colored transparency sheets is a great opportunity to discuss color mixing. You can see how the sheets layered together to create different color combinations. It's the layering that really turns this abstract geometric window art into something truly interesting and beautiful.

Rainbow window art for toddlers and preschoolers using colored transparencies and water

My oldest son's masterpiece was so pretty to look at. Both from inside the sunroom and from the outside. It kind of gives off a faux stained glass windows vibe, doesn't it? But really we all know how easy this quick rainbow window display came together.

Natural light art for kids using colored transparencies

Natural light art for kids using colored transparencies

My youngest, K, was more into admiring (and temporarily trying to destroy!) our beautiful window art than he was in creating some of his own. Sure he looks all innocent here, but don't fall for it...He's mere seconds away from destroying the window crafts yet again!

Toddler standing next to some abstract window art

Other Awesome Art Activities Your Kids Will Love

This abstract art project is part of the monthly Light & Reflections series where a few bloggers share fun ways for kids to explore and learn using light and mirrors. Here are the other art ideas from this month's series:

No Mess Painting for Toddlers on the Light Table from Happily Ever Mom

Sand Art on the Light Table from Still Playing School

Glue Art on the Light Table from Where Imagination Grows

I hope you decide to give this abstract window art for kids a try. It's so simple, yet super engaging for toddlers and preschoolers.

Rainbow abstract window art for kids - a great project for toddlers and preschoolers!

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! I love that you used the transparency sheet! Great idea!

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    1. Thank you! It turned out even better than I imagined it would!

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  2. This is so smart! I never thought about using the sheets in a window! I love the result!

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    1. Well, it kind of just happened. I saw a scrap of transparencies in the playroom and K spilled some water on it. Then it dawned on me. Worked beautifully, didn't it?

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  3. Great idea. Useful all throughout the year, but especially in the summer sun. Looks like fun.

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  4. I am featuring this post in my new Kids Learning Printables Linky Party for this week. I loved it.

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  5. I LOVE this. I have a big glass front door and would love to have my kids do this. Does it stay put when dried?

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    1. Depends. Do you have a toddler who may come along and wreck it? ;)

      Ours stayed up for almost an entire day. At that point we took it down because the boys wanted to do it again. So it definitely stays put for a little while.

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  6. Does it work with tissue paper?

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