EASY printmaking artwork for PRESCHOOLERS
If you’re after an extremely quick, easy and fun art project for preschool aged kids, this one is definitely worth a look! It gets an extra tick of approval from us, as all you need is scrap cardboard, empty cardboard tube, rubber bands, poster paints and paper. So easy!
You’ll be making cardboard stamps that make pretty flower shaped patterns and are incredibly easy for little hands to grasp, dip and paint and stamp onto paper. Use lots of bright colours and kids will happily get creative and produce artwork that’s worthy of hanging; or like we’re planning, you can use it as wrapping paper.
SCRAP CARDBOARD - the kind with a corrugated texture in the middle works best
EMTPY CARDBOARD ROLL - we used toilet roll but kitchen paper roll will work too
TO MAKE THE ‘FLOWER’ STAMPS
Cut some cardboard strips. Ours were approx. 10cm wide and 30cm long. It’s good to have lots of rolls within the stamp for a nice flower print appearance. Practice the stamp and adjust the roll as needed to produce the effect that you want. Secure with a rubber band.
TO MAKE THE ‘LEAF’ STAMP
Flatten an empty toilet or kitchen roll tube to make a leaf shape. It’s that easy!!
I spread newspaper out across our table then placed a range of brightly coloured poster paints into lids. I like using recycled jar lids as a container for paints. I think we don’t waste as much paint and top them up as needed. They were also the perfect size for our cardboard stamps which I placed onto the table; one next to each colour; in the hope that Sadie, who’s almost 4 would be encouraged to use one stamp per colour and minimise the mixing of paints.
We used white A3 paper and she set to work dipping the stamps in the paint and stamping them onto the paper. I encouraged her to do a few stamps after she had dipped it into the paint. The first stamp always had lots of thick paint so the effect was not quite as good as the stamps that followed. I would suggest to older kids to scrape the stamp along the edge of the lid before the first stamp so that excess paint can be removed. Or, do a couple of stamps on the newspaper first.
The outcome was really pretty. We produced quite a few pieces of artwork that morning. I enjoyed creating my own too. We’re definitely planning on keeping this for wrapping some gifts although I’m also keen to create some collage art from them too. Watch this space!
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