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    Printmaking
    Sponge Printing
    Sponge PrintingMaterials Sponge Chalk Water Paper Directions Soak a sponge in water and squeeze to release the excess. Use a piece of chalk to draw on the wet sponge. Press the wet sponge onto a piece of white or colored construction paper to cre...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Cardboard Printing
    Cardboard PrintingMaterials Corrugated cardboard Tape or rubber band Liquid tempera paint Construction paper Directions Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard about 6 inches by 10 inches. Make sure the corrugated ridges run parallel to the 6-inch si...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Stencils
    Stencil Painting
    Stencil Painting Materials Thin cardboard Scissors Paper Tape Sponge or brush Tempera paint, liquidDirections Draw a design, letter, or animal shape on thin cardboard. Cut out the inside of the shape to make the stencil, and tape the stencil onto...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Block Printing
    Block PrintingMaterials Small blocks of wood Rickrack Glue Liquid tempera paint in a shallow pan Paper Directions Glue rickrack to the end of a block of wood. Press the block into the paint, then onto paper to make a zigzag design. Move the block...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Foot Tracing
    Foot TracingMaterials Drawing paper Crayons, markers, or paints Directions Have your child stand on a piece of paper while you trace around her feet with a pen or crayon. Then trace your own feet and compare sizes. Color the feet with crayons, ma...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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    Printmaking
    Fruit and Vegetable Printing
    Fruit and Vegetable PrintingMaterials Various fruit and vegetables Paring knife Print pad or stamp pad Paper Directions Cut fruits and vegetables into halves, quarters, circles, or any other shapes, dip into tempera paints or on a print or stamp ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Printmaking
    Roller Printing
    Roller Printing Materials Thin foam Scissors Glue Empty paper towel or toilet paper roll Tempera paint, liquid Shallow pan Paper or a cut-open brown paper bag Directions Cut out some interesting shapes from thin pieces of foam. Stars are nice, or...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Printmaking
    Roller Printing
    Roller Printing Materials Thin foam Scissors Glue Empty paper towel or toilet paper roll Tempera paint, liquid Shallow pan Paper or a cut-open brown paper bag Directions Cut out some interesting shapes from thin pieces of foam. Stars are nice, or...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Stencils
    Stencil Painting
    Stencil Painting Materials Thin cardboard Scissors Paper Tape Sponge or brush Tempera paint, liquidDirections Draw a design, letter, or animal shape on thin cardboard. Cut out the inside of the shape to make the stencil, and tape the stencil onto...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Printmaking
    String Block Printing
    String Block Printing Materials String or rope Small blocks of wood Tempera paint, liquid Shallow pan Paper Directions Wrap string or rope several times around a small block of wood. Tie it in place (make sure the rope is distributed evenly over ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
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    Printmaking
    Foot Tracing
    Foot TracingMaterials Drawing paper Crayons, markers, or paints Directions Have your child stand on a piece of paper while you trace around her feet with a pen or crayon. Then trace your own feet and compare sizes. Color the feet with crayons, ma...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book