Sock Painting Process Art Activity

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INSIDE: Sock Painting Process Art Activity is super fun and easy messy process art activity for toddlers and preschoolers! Get out those old socks and use them to paint in this fun sensory art activity.

What is Process Art?

Essentially, process art is all about focusing on the act of making rather than the end result. Kids get to play with materials, explore various techniques, and just let their imaginations run wild. There are no templates or step-by-step outcomes expected, which means every creation is unique and the experience is totally stress-free.

What’s cool about process art is how it turns art creation into an exploratory session. Children learn about textures, colors, and sensory reactions without even realizing they’re getting an educational experience. It’s all about discovery and allowing natural curiosity to lead the way. For example, painting with tools other than brushes, like feathers or sponges, can give kids a completely different perspective on how they can express themselves through art.

Plus, engaging in process art can be incredibly beneficial for a child’s development. It boosts confidence since there’s no right or wrong way to create, enhances decision-making skills as they choose their materials and colors, and even aids in developing fine motor skills as they manipulate small items or mix colors. As a parent or teacher, it’s a joy to watch kids get totally absorbed in their art without the pressure of having to produce something specific. It’s all about the joy of creating, and honestly, could we ask for a better approach to art with kids?

Sensory Painting

If your sock drawer is anything like ours you have a few socks that have lost their match. Well I have the perfect way they can become useful again! With this unique sensory painting and colouring mixing process art activity. It’s perfect for toddlers and a great one to take outdoors.

Looking for more process art activities? Check out this list of the best process art ideas for kids:


  • Socks
  • Washable Paint
  • Bowls
  • Butcher Paper or large sheet of white paper
  • Masking Tape

How to Set Up Sock Painting

Spread a large sheet of paper on a table or wall and secure it with the masking tape. Cover your little ones hands with socks. Pour some paint into bowls or you can just pour paint on to the sheet of paper, if taped to a flat surface. Let them dip their socked hands in the paint and mix the colours on the paper.

My then 2 year olds were a bit apprehensive at first but quickly got into it and loved it!

Once they were done painting I removed the socks and they had a go with their hands! You can combine this process with a tape resist art to create something unique!

Age Suitability

My twins are 2 years old. This activity is great for toddlers 2 years old and up.

Skills Developed

This was a great activity to talk about colour mixing! Other skills developed include:

  • Colour recognition
  • Language development
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Fine motor skills
  • Imaginative play
  • Creativity

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There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

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Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

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Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

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Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

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I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting Season 1 is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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