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Printing and painting with pot scourers

Printing and painting with pot scourers with glitter


Themes: My home, the five senses and hands. This would make a lovely background for a sky or water done in blues and whites. This technique can be used to colour a variety of shapes such as autumn colours on autumn leaf shapes, flower shapes, butterflies etc. The prints can be added to tree branches to make the tree top.

You will need: Paper, bright coloured thick ready mixed paint, pot scourers, flat plastic lids, glue and glitter. The scourer can be washed and reused. Dry well so they do not rust.

Age: This activity will work well with all the age ranges but I would recommend plastic scourers for the under two’s as they may put them into their mouths. The children enjoyed the unusual sensory experience and this activity attracted many boys to the activity!

I bought some inexpensive metal pot scourers which came in a set of 6. Plastic ones will be as effective.


I used black paper which contrasted nicely with the bright paint colours I selected.


I placed the paint on plastic ice-cream lids so it was easy to dip them into the paint.


The children printed and ‘painted’ with the pot scourers. I encouraged them to rotate the scourers which created interesting circle patterns of paint. Some children chose to use the scourer to spread the paint creating an interesting paint effect. Others chose to create a border around the edge of the paper.

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Once the paintings had dried, we dipped the scourer into some glue and repeated the printing action to spread some glue onto the painting. The children sprinkled glitter onto the glue.

We ended up with beautiful paintings which were sparkly.
CAPS Outcomes

Subject: Life Skills 
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.

Create in 2D
• Painting: use pre-mixed tempera paint or coloured inks or dyes in primary and secondary colours to respond to the week’s topic
• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
• Art elements: informal experience and use of shape in drawing and painting
• Use colour to create pattern

Subject: Languages (Home)
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops small muscles and fine motor control skills
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting






Printing – with potato mashers

Printing patterns with a variety of different potato mashers

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Collect a variety of different potato mashers. Avoid the mashers with metal areas where they have been joined underneath. This causes the masher to be slightly raised and does not print well. I collected most of my mashers from the charity shops, but ask your parents.

A variety of different potato mashers

A variety of different potato mashers

Prepare some paint in printing pads. I like to use colours that mix to make pleasant new colours so I chose red and orange as the colours will mix.

Encourage the children to print carefully by dipping the masher into the paint in the printing pad and pressing the masher firmly but carefully onto the paper to make a print. Repeat until the page is filled with prints, reminding the children to dip the masher each time before they print.

Excellent gross motor development

Excellent gross motor development

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If you place the printing pad on the opposite side of the dominant hand the child has to cross their midline to reach the printing pad.

Note the midline crossing taking place (if you place the printing pad on the opposite side of the dominant hand)

Note the midline crossing taking place (if you place the printing pad on the opposite side of the dominant hand)


We had some interesting chatter happening at this activity “mine looks like a waffle”, “mine looks like a toasted sandwich”
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Themes: My home ( kitchen), food and vegetables, colours, hands


  • Have sufficient mashers for the children to be able to share
  • Check the mashers that they print clearly
  • Have spare paint on hand to top up the printing pad sponges
  • Encourage the children to stand for this activity
  • Discourage the children from smearing the paint with the mashers instead of printing clear prints. The under 3’s often do this


  • Could the children follow instructions and make prints and not smears
  • The children exercised self – control and did not print excessively
  • The children waited their turn
  • The children were able to cross their mid line

Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts

Create in 3D (constructing)

• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern

Musical instruments using household items

Tie some household items to an outdoor fence and watch the children enjoy banging and ‘playing’ them.

If you are doing a theme on my home use kitchen and household items such as pans, measuring jugs, metal jugs, potato masher etc.

If you are doing a theme on the sea use buckets, spades, rakes and other sandpit items.