Painting and printing with objects

You need:
Ready mixed paint
Aprons or old clothes
Paper
Masking tape
Tray, pallette or plastic plate to spread paint on
Chunky paint brush
Objects to print or paint with – see ideas below
Newspaper or other table covering
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This is a really simple idea but it makes a fun change from brush painting.
1. Cover surfaces and clothes that you care about.
2. Get a sheet of paper. We had a wonderful gift of an enormous pack of sugar paper from an uncle and my boy really enjoys choosing a colour at start of an activity. Dark colours are good if your child likes bright or pale paints… Tape the paper down to the table at the corners (unless you have an easle or some other hi-tech solution to the frustrating way paper moves around for small artists).
3. Use your selected objects and a tray or pallette of paint to print.

You can use anything you have to hand, but here are some things we’ve tried:

Cookie-cutter printing

Put paint into a shallow dish of some kind. Dip cookie cutters in and stamp onto paper. We liked stars!

Leaf printing
Put interesting shaped leaves down on some newspaper, paint them with a chunky brush and then press onto your paper. My toddler enjoyed patting them down and then watching as I helped him peel them back to reveal the coloured print.
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Hand printing

Of course! You could use a tray to ink up your hands, but currently my boy enjoys painting his hands with the brush almost more than the printing itself.

Monster truck (or any other toy car!) painting
This was super fun and played to my boy’s love of squirting a big pile of paint on one part of his paper. This is how you do it:
1. Squirt quite a bit of paint in one area of the paper.
2. Get your chosen toy car and run it through the paint, then drive it all over the paper. Repeat.
3. You can add a second colour and use your driving skills to do some colour mixing.
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The monster truck was good because it has textured wheels – but you could try this with a range of cars, or lego bricks, or a mix of any toys you have to hand.
Monoprinting
This works really well if your toddler loves to use LOTS of paint, squirts it directly onto the paper etc. It’s an enjoyable way for them to experience a painting they’ve done from a new perspective. Show them how to take a print of their painting using another sheet of paper. Lay it down over the top of the original artwork while it’s still wet, smooth and pat the paper all over, then carefully peel it off.
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Author: Aline Reed

I am a freelance copywriter.

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