Collect pieces of smooth and corrugated cardboard of the same thickness.
Help your child cut the cardboard pieces into small shapes. Glue the
cardboard shapes to the back of a paper plate, making sure that some
shapes have the corrugated side up and some have the smooth side up.
Set out a paint pad (see below) and paper. You're your child how to
press the back of the paper plate onto a paint pad and then onto a
sheet of paper to make a print.
Paint Pad-Make a paint pad by placing a sponge on a plate
and pouring a small amount of tempera paint on it.
Berry Basket Prints
Collect a clean, empty berry basket to use for this activity. Let
your child press the berry basket onto the paint pad (see above) and
then onto a sheet of paper to make prints. Encourage your child to
cover the paper with basket prints. Talk about the square shape of
| Kitchen Gadget
You can make wonderful prints with kitchen gadgets and tools
such as a potato masher, a spatula, a spaghetti spoon, and a
pastry cutter. Set out a large sheet of paper. Let your child
choose a gadget to press onto a paint pad (see above), and then
onto the paper to make a print. Repeat with the other kitchen
Collect two or three foam stamps (simple, solid shapes such
as a star, a balloon, or a diamond work best.) Pour a thin layer
of glue onto a plate. Show your child how to press one of the
foam stamps into the glue and then carefully press it onto a
sheet of paper to make a "print." Let your child make
several glue prints. Then help your child sprinkle glitter all
over the glue. (Save the excess glitter by shaking it off into
a box.) When the glue has dried, your child will have Sparkle
Prints all over his or her paper.