Corrugated cardboard painting and printing
Themes: Books and paper, colours, dinosaurs and fish (do the printing over a dinosaur/ fish shape or cut it into a dinosaur/fish shape when dry), recycling and caring for the environment by using used packaging material and shapes (cut into different shapes to print with) and hands.
You will need:
• Corrugated cardboard – thin ridges are more effective. Don’t make the pieces too big. They need to fit easily onto an A4 paper. I used some packaging cardboard used to send a parcel. I was going to discard it.
• A 4 paper
• Paint – a few colours. Thick powder paint or ready mixed works best
• Optional: Stapler if you want to attach the cardboard to the paper at the end
I cut the cardboard into smaller sizes to fit an A4 page with ease. The children painted the ridges of the cardboard (encourage this instead of painting in the ‘valleys’ or dips of the cardboard.) Using several colours gives a good end product.
Once most of the cardboard was painted, the children carefully lifted the cardboard and placed it paint side down onto the paper.
Using the flat of their hands, the children rubbed the back of the cardboard firmly to make a print.
They lifted the cardboard carefully and you have lovely multi coloured painting/print.
The children repeated the print without adding more paint and placed the next print at an angle to the original print.
More paint can be applied to the cardboard and more prints can be taken.
Once the printing was over I stapled the cardboard painting to the end of the print.
We had so much fun creating these prints.
The children wanted to make several! Have fun.
Subjects, study areas, skills, content and integration
Life Skills Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials
• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
• Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales
• Informal use of art elements shape and colour in drawing and painting in response to week’s topic
Integration: Subject: Home language
• Uses a range of writing tools e.g. paint brushes, wax crayons etc.
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting
• Develops fine motor control using scissors to cut on bold outlined pictures and shapes etc
• Develops small muscles skills through finger play, e.g. play dough