Monday, December 19, 2011

Carving Prints

We love making prints with our children! Using styrofoam pieces and a sharp pencil, we encouraged the children to create their own print plates. 

The first step was to use the pencil to carve a design onto the styrofoam piece. We discussed with the children that the design had to be deep into the plate and encouraged them to trace their design with a finger to test and see if it felt deep enough.

After children were satisfied with their design, they rolled their plate with paint. We discussed how too little paint would not leave a dark enough print and too much paint would saturate the design.

The next step was to press the plate onto a piece of paper and carefully lift it, revealing the unique design!

The children created some amazing designs!

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