String Block Printing - FamilyEducation

String Block Printing

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

Tie a string around a block, and have your preschoolers make prints with this homemade stamp!


  • String or rope
  • Small blocks of wood
  • Tempera paint, liquid
  • Shallow pan
  • Paper


  1. Wrap string or rope several times around a small block of wood.
  2. Tie it in place (make sure the rope is distributed evenly over the block, not gathered in one spot).
  3. Have your child press the string block into liquid tempera paint, then press onto paper.
  4. She should move the block around in different directions and add colors to vary the design.