Easy Art For Kids – Duplo Printing.

July 5, 2011

duplo painting

I was thinking on my feet yesterday afternoon, and that usually ends in disaster. Day one of the school holidays and already the Bigs were ‘bored’ and fighting. I needed something to break the cycle, but the art activities I’d planned for this week all took a bit of preparation and of course I hadn’t done that bit yet. So on the spare of the moment I decided on some kind of printing with paint… but what could we use to make prints and patterns? I needed something I didn’t have to make or go too far to find, and something we hadn’t done before…

In a moment of brilliance, or perhaps madness (in our house those two things are very closely aligned) I picked up a handful of duplo blocks and the paint and paper and bravely marched towards the cranky children.

“We are going to print, with lego blocks” I announced….
“Cool!” was the unanimous response, and I really hoped it would be as cool as they were thinking… and turns out it was!

Duplo Printing.

What You’ll Need.

duplo printing

Printing pads – we made ours out of plastic plates and a wad of folded paper towel, sponge would be better but we didn’t have any and it worked ok.
Paint – water it down a little if you need to.
Paper – the bigger the better, I wish we had some of our Ikea roll left.
A selection of Duplo (big Lego) blocks in various shapes and sizes.

What to Do.

duplo printing
Press the duplo blocks into the paint and then onto the paper, it’s as simple as that!

Try out the different surfaces of each block – the top with it’s raised dots, the bottom has lines and open circles, and each side makes a different and interesting print.

lego printing

Try out different sized and shaped blocks. We got some duplo car bases out and rolled them across the paper which was loads of fun.

duplo painting

Turning the cars on their sides also made interesting prints of the wheel patterns.

duplo painting

Everyone had such a good time printing and experimenting with this activity and it turned out way better than I thought it would!

We’ve now become a little print obsessed. We are writing a big list of other things we could print with, so stay tuned for more printing activities and ideas!

Playing along with the ‘It’s Playtime’ link up – this week with The Imagination Tree, and also Nurture Store’s Play Academy.

{ 8 comments }

Krys - Baby Massage July 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Ooo! I’ve got paint! I’ve got duplo! We can do this!!!

Trish July 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm

my two would love this idea.

Andrew July 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

YAY, m is wearing his dino-apron. :))

Rosie July 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Great idea. I will be using this idea over the next two weeks. Thanks.

Karen July 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm

This will definitely be a hit in my house! Thanks Kate. :)

Melitsa July 6, 2011 at 7:49 am

It’s always a special time when spur of the moment things work out with a bunch of kids. Definitely worth celebrating and what great memories.

Kate July 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I’m with Krys on this – have duplo, have paint! Excited to start! Another stellar idea.

cathy @ NurtureStore July 10, 2011 at 8:21 am

Hi! Thanks for linking up with the Play Academy this week – it looks like you had fun. I blogged this week about some printing fun we had with our 14 toddlers at creche. We set the activity up, like you, just with the materials we had to hand. Our kids loved it too.

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