Monet Craft for Kids


Claude Monet is well known for his beautiful water scenes! This is a fun (and messy) finger painting craft that will leave children with beautiful results. The materials used are simple and you’re sure to have them on hand in your art supply closet. I suggest you try this craft beforehand to get a feel for removing the tape.


  •  Cardstock Paper
  • Fingerpaint
  • Painters Tape or Masking Tape


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

Monet2    Monet1Monet4Monet3

Art Project Tutorial:


Step 1

For this craft you'll need some masking tape to make your bridge shape. I cut our tape in half to get thinner strips.

Step 2

You want to form the shape of the bridge using your masking tape. You can do this for younger children if needed.

Step 3

Press down to make sure that no paint will come through the tape.

Step 4

Give children an image of Monet's Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies and a paper plate to blend on.

Step 5

Using fingers, begin to dab the colors onto the paper. Go ahead and dab over the bridge.

Step 6

Encourage children to cover their entire sheet of paper, It will create a more dramatic effect when the tape is removed.

Step 7

Time to let your project dry.

Step 8

When it's dry remove the tape carefully and slowly.

Step 9

Be careful as you pull the tape, you will start to see the shape of the bridge.

Step 10

I didn't wait long enough and the tape began to pull up the paper as well. It's okay, still looks great, but not as crisp.

All Done

Stand back and enjoy your work!

New Graphic


  1. I’m going to do this with my class. If you have difficulty getting masking tape off, iron over it. It’s worth bringing your iron to school to get crisp results. I had to do this for another project.

  2. Heating up masking tape with a hairdryer will also get it to come off without ripping! I learned this tip doing printmaking in college!


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