With the Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group, we’re all about being resourceful. In the Fall, we experimented with paint prints using Q-tips, string, fabric, and (my personal favorite) apples! We continued with this week’s project, utilizing something that might be familiar to a lot of kitchens: Cookie Cutter Prints!
The process is exactly what it sounds like. Lay out some paint in shallow trays – we used tempera – and let the kids dip each cookie cutter into the paint, then stamp it on the page to leave a print. It works just like stamps, only with more color blending and a larger variety of potential shapes and combinations. They can layer shape upon shape or make a pretty pattern all over the page.
Mixing colors is inevitable, especially when working on a project with multiple children. Make sure to call attention to the new colors formed out of the base paint colors used. As your children what colors they like to mix together and why. Do simple color equations with them: Yellow + red = red, etc.
Like stamps, cookie cutter prints are great ways to spruce up a simple craft project. Images can be used for cards, wrapping paper, collages, even on clothing and other fabric items. The same old print project can be easily revived by a simple change up of the surfaces used. Don’t want to use art or construction paper? Try printing on newsprint or recycled paper bags.
The importance rests with your child’s ability to be resourceful. Encouraging creative expression through household objects can enable thoughtfulness and open mindedness at a young age. Once their creative minds start to grow, you’ll be amazed at their inventiveness. The emphasis on the process (rather than the results) will foster an independence in their art-making.
Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer, with assistance by Emily Fear.