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Foam Printing Tutorial
We used some shape stickers and these animal stickers because our story for the day was "Put Me in the Zoo" by Robert Lopshire. This silly book has a number of animal illustration in it so it was a good lead-in into our animal sticker collage.
Our preschool artists choose their animals and worked hard to get the paper backing off of the foam stickers.
A NOTE ABOUT THIS "HARD PART":
We stuck our foam stickers onto squares of foam core. You could also use corrugated cardboard as the base. We cut ours 4x4 because that's what fits into our stamp pads.
We talked about composition and how the animals were arranged. The only "rule" that we gave our artists was that they animals couldn't be on top of each other. (Because an elephant could crush that little alligator, duh?)
Our artists stamped their pictures onto different sizes of paper. We noticed that the animals printed backwards which led to a discussion of WHY. We noticed that we had to press the stamp evenly on both the stamp pad and the paper in order to pull a great print. It takes core strength and shoulder stability to all that printing! (Love when an art activity uses the big muscles)
In the end, both the stamp itself and the print were beautiful. We ended up trimming some of the prints and mounting them on black construction paper for a pretty presentation. But that step is completely optional. Because, it's beautiful just like this, too:
I hope you get to try this out with your class or with your kiddos at home! It's such a versatile activity that could because use with almost any theme (maybe even some holiday gift wrap!?). Let me know if your try it out with a tag on social media; we're @orangeeaselart on facebook, twitter, and instagram.
Supplies for this lesson:
Below are the supplies we used for our lesson. The washable watercolor are not needed if your stamp pads are new and fresh! We bought the animal stickers from Amazon. Everything else came from Discount School Supply. (Foam core was from Dollar Tree because you can't beat that price anywhere).
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