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One: A Book and an Art Project For Preschoolers

art project for preschoolers based on the book, One by Kathryn Otoshi

How have I not seen this book before? It’s so simple and lovely, with a positive message, and it’s won like tons of awards. I happened to see it at the bookstore the other day and decided we would read it and follow it up with a painting project!

One - the book and an art project for preschoolers


It’s a quick and easy project, but it involves colors, shapes, numbers, and watercolor. All fine things for the preschool set to explore (or kinders) (or 10 year-olds- shhhhh, don’t tell Fen I spilled the beans that she enjoyed this project, too.)

We read through the book once, then we got set up with:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Watercolor paints

I leafed through the book, page by page, showed Beckett the different dots and numbers, and asked if he wanted to paint them. He did!

Painting project to go with the book, One by Kathryn Otoshi


art project for preschoolers based on the book, One by Kathryn Otoshi


I like that he was working in the same medium the book dots were painted with, to get the same feel. I like that they were totally within his reach, and we talked about each of the colors of dots and what happened to them all in the book. I’m thinking this probably reinforces reading comprehension, right?

He stayed interested until after we got to the 1, then he felt the need to paint a rainbow.

preschool painting project


painting project from the book One

This is Fen’s project. Proof that all ages of kids can get interested in all sorts of projects. Sweet!


What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Another great book for kids that inspires individual work is “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds.
    I teach preschool art as an enrichment class to 204 wonderful kids at our church’s weekday school. We have a special newcomers session called “It all starts with a dot!” We use the dot book as well as “Press Here” by Herve Tullet. Both books are WONDERFUL!
    Your post reminds me of the activity we used.

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