Foam Print Making
Best for: Ages 3 to 5
- styrofoam containers, plates, or trays from meat (washed and dried)
- pencils - not too sharp
- craft paint in a rainbow of colours
- plates for the paint
- foam brushes or rollers
- 8 x 12 paper or canvas
- Scrap paper for testing the designs
- paper towels
- Provide each child with a flat piece of styrofoam.
- Have the children use a pencil to etch a design into the styrofoam. Remind them not to press the pencil all the way through the styrofoam. Alternatively, the children can also cut their styrofoam into a shape then etch a design.
- Pour each colour of paint into its own plate.
- Use the foam roller/brush to apply a light layer of paint to the styrofoam template.
- Turn the styrofoam template over and press onto the paper. Rub the template all over being careful to keep it in place.
- Gently lift the template from the page making sure not to drop it or smudge it.
- Clean the template with a paper towel and continue printing using different colour paints.
- Let the prints dry.
- A roller produces smoothest results.
- Before printing on the final paper/canvas, do a few test prints on your scrap paper to determine how much paint you need. If necessary, at this time have an adult go over some of the lines with a sharper pencil to add more definition.
- Remember, the final picture will be a mirror image of your design so have the kids stay away from words and stick to images.
- Because it is important that the template doesn't shift when placed on the paper, it is advisable to keep the size of the template small to fit small hands. 4" x 6" pieces of foam work well and allow for 4 versions of the print on the final canvas.