Children’s creativity blossoms through rich experience in the arts. According to Play Projects and preschool Standards by Gera Jacobs and Kathy Krowley, “Through the arts, children learn to express themselves and discover that they can represent their thoughts and ideas through many different media. The arts help children develop the concept that one thing can represent an idea…Art assists children in making meaning of their world”. Art nurtures creativity.
Preschool teachers and daycare providers have the opportunity to promote creative development by providing art activities that explore media and materials and encourage imagination.
This relief print craft is an excellent example of an activity that provides the opportunity to for expression, to encourage spontaneity in material usage, and to introduce children to textured materials.
This relief print lesson plan includes a materials list, preparation instructions and procedures for this activity to make childcare jobs easier, but also the age appropriate learning objectives and a sample of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning.
Relief Print Materials:
- Tempura Paints in a variety of color
- Paint Brush
- Rolling pin
- Art Paper
Relief Print Activity Preparation:
- Cut cardboard into the shape of your choice and glue it onto another cardboard square. Allow to dry completely.
- Set out tempura paints in a shallow tray
- Cover the activity table with butcher paper and set out paint, paint brushes, art paper, and rolling pin.
Procedures for Relief Print Activity
- Invite the children over and tell that you are going to make prints on paper.
- Show children how to press the stamp into the paint or brush paint on the stamp and then press the stamp on the art paper.
- Alternatively children can roll a rolling pin over the back of the stamp to be sure that the stamp is completely pressed down.
- Children can make as many prints as they like. Allow to dry completely.
Relief Print Craft Objectives
To provide the opportunity for expressive activities by encouraging the children to create prints using relief stamps.
Verbal Cue A: Today we are going to make designs with stamps!
Verbal Cue B: Would you like to press the stamp onto the paper?
To encourage spontaneity in material usage by allowing the children to choose paint colors and for the relief stamps.
Verbal Cue A: Which color paints would you like to use first?
Verbal Cue B: I like the designs you have made!
To promote the sharing of art materials to foster social interaction and cooperation
Verbal Cue A: Let’s take turns using the paints.
Verbal Cue B: Can you let Tracy use the green paint?
Kids will have great fun in your childcare center while learning important creative arts skills.
*Relief Print activity adapted from Scribble Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl.
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