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!
What You’ll Need.
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.
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.
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.
Turning the cars on their sides also made interesting prints of the wheel patterns.
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!