Printing craft project

Experimenting with different printing methods and materials allows children to explore texture, method and colour, and become creative and confident learners.

Printing is a colourful and hands-on activity that allows children to explore shapes and textures and experiment with new ideas. Through providing a range of printing materials you can nurture your child’s creative and inquisitive nature and help them learn about the world around them.

Ask questions about the methods your child is using and the results they have found. If they seem stuck, suggest different ideas they might like to try or ask interesting questions to encourage them to think deeply about the activity.

For example, ‘What might happen if you fold the paper over?’, ‘How can you make a print that looks like a fluffy cloud?’ or ‘Do you think we will see the seeds of the apple if we print it onto the paper?’

What you need:

  • paper of different sizes and colours
  • paint (can be homemade or bought, fun DIY paint recipes here)
  • equipment – rollers, sponges, materials of various textures and sizes (such as string, coins, vegetable halves, feathers and leaves)
  • tools for exploring effects- paddle pop sticks, toothbrushes, combs or fly swats
  • squeeze bottles or plastic containers to hold paint.

Encourage your child to help you set up the creative space, arranging materials where they can be easily reached. Taking ownership and responsibility of their materials is an important learning experience.

Keeping mess under control

Lay down some newspaper sheets or a plastic ‘drop sheet’ so your child can work without worrying about creating mess. Provide an apron or old shirt as a painting smock to protect clothes. It’s a good idea to get some water and cloths ready before they start, for cleaning hands along the way and at the end.

Image children use apple halves to make a printing craft project

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 26 October 2018

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