Easy Art for Preschoolers: How to Paint with a Flyswatter

A flyswatter plus paint equals easy art for preschoolers. Your kids will love using these non-traditional paint brushes on this fun process art project.


I always keep an eye out for creative learning and art supplies wherever I go.  While at Wal-Mart the other day looking for mosquito spray, I found these great flyswatters.  I instantly knew that I could use them for something better than killing flies. This art activity is the perfect addition to your bug and insect unit.

A flyswatter plus paint equals easy art for preschoolers. Your kids will love painting with these non-traditional paint brushes on this fun process art project. Perfect for an insect theme, bugs theme, and summer theme unit and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. I love using the open-ended art project as a fun and simple way to explore mixing colors. #processart #preschoolart #openendedart

Here’s the part that I love…..at $1 each, these are pretty inexpensive tools.

Let me show you how you can use flyswatters for an easy art project.

I love the artwork that we made while painting with flyswatters.  Are you looking for a project that goes with your insects, bugs, or summer theme?  This is a good one.

A flyswatter plus paint equals easy art for preschoolers. Your kids will love painting with these non-traditional paint brushes on this fun process art project. Perfect for an insect theme, bugs theme, and summer theme unit and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. I love using the open-ended art project as a fun and simple way to explore mixing colors. #processart #preschoolart #openendedart

How to Paint with Flyswatters

Add tempera paint to a shallow tray.  It’s fun to use a combination of paint colors. Add different colors to different trays or use multiple colors on a tray.

I always prefer to use tempera paint that is NOT washable because it has more pigment and will give the best results.

A flyswatter plus paint equals easy art for preschoolers. Your kids will love painting with these non-traditional paint brushes on this fun process art project. Perfect for an insect theme, bugs theme, and summer theme unit and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. I love using the open-ended art project as a fun and simple way to explore mixing colors. #processart #preschoolart #openendedart

Let kids mix the colors up with their unique paint brush.  Kids will enjoy smooshing their flyswatters into the paint.  I love watching the paint ooze through the plastic grid.

A flyswatter plus paint equals easy art for preschoolers. Your kids will love painting with these non-traditional paint brushes on this fun process art project. Perfect for an insect theme, bugs theme, and summer theme unit and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. I love using the open-ended art project as a fun and simple way to explore mixing colors. #processart #preschoolart #openendedart

Finally, kids can smack the paint on large sheets of paper.  Yes….it’s a little bit of a messy project.

A flyswatter plus paint equals easy art for preschoolers. Your kids will love painting with these non-traditional paint brushes on this fun process art project. Perfect for an insect theme, bugs theme, and summer theme unit and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. I love using the open-ended art project as a fun and simple way to explore mixing colors. #processart #preschoolart #openendedart

But, it’s a FUN project!  I love the textures and mixing of colors that the unique tool creates.  See, I told you….fun and easy art for preschoolers.

A flyswatter plus paint equals easy art for preschoolers. Your kids will love painting with these non-traditional paint brushes on this fun process art project. Perfect for an insect theme, bugs theme, and summer theme unit and lesson plans in your preschool or pre-k classroom. I love using the open-ended art project as a fun and simple way to explore mixing colors. #processart #preschoolart #openendedart

I hope that you and your kids enjoy painting with flyswatters.  Now I’m off to find more interesting art supplies.


Additional Creative Resources

Are you interested in more open-ended creative activities for your kids?  I think you will like my Count and Create Maker Mat resources.  Click on the image below to check them out.

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