Rubber Band Resist – Preschool Process Art

Simple process art is a cornerstone of a good preschool program, and finding new materials to introduce to your art table during free choice is a great way to re-ignite your students’ interest. This process art project has wide and flexible boundaries. Children can add as many or as few rubber bands as they want and make all kinds of shapes. As they add the rubber bands, they are working on vital skills. Hand strength, hand-eye coordination, and other fine motor skills get a great workout with this activity. Then painting inside the lines, the rubberbands create offers even more time for these skills to develop. Small canvases dry quickly, so these could be sent home the same day!

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Gather your materials. You will need some small canvases, watercolors, paintbrushes, and rubber bands.

Start by placing the rubber bands on the canvas. We did stripes to start with.

Now it’s time to paint.

The sky is the limit here.

I love how vibrant these paints are. They turn this basic preschool process art into something amazing!

Now let dry.

For our second canvas, we added rubber bands in all kinds of directions.

It’s tricky to paint the small areas, but that’s good!

Let dry. Remove the rubber bands, and voila!

Need some more great activities to do with your preschooler? My book Everyday Preschool is perfect for relaxed summer learning!


  • Over 100 simple preschool activities that use everyday materials. You don’t need to invest a lot of money to teach your child at home.
  • Activities are short, with minimal prep so you can fit some learning into your work-at-home day without compromising your job that is providing for your family.
  • The book is organized into nine categories of learning; literacy, math, science, sensory, art, fine motor, gross motor, social-emotional, and bedtime reading tips.
  • Activities have been created using various state standards for PreK and have tips for making activities easier or harder to fit your child.
  • links to free printables, song lyrics, nursery rhymes, my favorite playdough recipe, and more.
  • Immediate delivery, this is a digital download, not a printed book, so you don’t have to wait for shipping.

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