Grab some blocks and paint and let’s have fun with block printing!
Blocks aren’t just for building. We use them with paint for block printing with toddlers and preschoolers. What can you paint with blocks?
Toddlers innately want to explore the world around them. They are figuring out cause and effect relationships. When doing arts and craft with them, focus on providing as many different materials and processes as possible.
How to do block printing with kids
Place a variety of small dishes with different coloured paints and blocks on the table.
Vary the paints each day and let them experiment:
- Put out different colours.
- Use paints with or without glitter.
- Offer thick or thin paint.
- Try different shapes.
Use different kinds of paper. You can use plain, coloured, or textured paper. You can even use cardboard and boxes for a more interesting experience.
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Supplies needed for block printing
- Blocks – foam or wood work best
- Dish or paper plate to pour paint into
Instructions for block printing
Experiment with different ways to dip the blocks into the paint. Stand the blocks on their end, on their side, and even dip the corners. For blocks that roll, try rolling them (don’t be afraid to get a little messy), or even sweep them across the paper.
What about block printing for older children?
For older children, you can explore the patterns and algebra with block printing.
Our finished art using block printing for kids
- Assorted blocks
- Paint in various colors
- Dip the blocks into the paint and stamp, roll, or sweep it onto the paper.
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Have you tried block printing with the kids? How did it go?