|A collection of simple printmaking ideas for toddlers and young children using everyday materials and inexpensive art supplies. Also helpful for playgroups and multi-age homeschool settings!|
Why Making Prints Fascinates Kids
A little girl bounces around, thrilled at the trail of boot mark prints behind her.
Small reminders of We were here.
|My oldest at three. Where does the time go?|
The power of these marks isn't lost on children. When you hand a paint-filled sponge to a child then show them how to make the same mark over and over, you've not only made their day. You've introduced them to the wonderful world of printmaking too.
Printmaking's also a great way to explore cause and effect with kids. What happens if we add more paint to our sponge? What if we print it on a different color of paper? Let's dip our sponge into another color as well and see what happens!
These simple experiments build early science and math skills in kids, as well as language skills when we encourage them to talk about their creations. And they're fun too!
Printmaking Projects for Young Kids
Stay tuned this week for more printmaking experiments! We'll be exploring projects for preschoolers, elementary, and middle school-aged kids.
Small experiments to crack open the aqueducts of creativity that flow so easily within kids. It's harder for adults, which means we should create alongside our littles as often as possible. Following their lead can often teach us something new or remind us of something we've forgotten.
Like the thrill of small boot-prints on a sunny sidewalk.