Take your read-aloud time to a whole new level with this super fun book-based abstract art activity.
We love mixing different activity types together. One of my favorites is to combine reading with art!
This abstract book-based art project is inspired by the popular children’s story called “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds (affiliate link).
Kids can enjoy creating their own abstract art based on the art shown and demonstrated in this wonderful story. This art project inspires a love for reading and an appreciation for abstract art.
Plus, it’s great for families with two or more children. Everyone works independently, making taking turns super easy.
Easy and Creative Book Based Abstract Art Activity for Your Little Artist
There are only a few basic supplies needed for this art activity:
- “The Dot” book (at your local library or order online)
- Watercolor paints (affiliate link)
- White paper
- A pen
- A dish for water
- A paper towel
- Optional: a painting tray
Once you have gathered your supplies, cuddle up on the couch or at the table and enjoy reading “The Dot” together.
Practice story retelling by pointing out the main character Vashti, the type of paint she uses, and the style of artwork that she creates.
Next, try out these three approaches to story retelling.
When you’re finished reading, encourage your child to take on the role of Vashti as they create their own dot painting.
I recommend putting on some light music or opening a window to let the sounds of nature inspire your little artist.
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Let your child take the lead! Painting one or more dots is totally up to them.
It’s totally up to them!
This art project is abstract. So there isn’t any “correct” way to create their art project.
When their artwork is complete, hand them the pen to sign their name on the bottom, just like Vashti.
Hang their book-based abstract art activity on the wall or the fridge. Let your child know how much you like their creativity!
If your little artist wants to paint more dots like Vashti, grab some paper and roll with it.
The more art inspiration, the better!
This fun approach to creating an abstract book-based art project will leave your child feeling like a true artist.