Kids Art - Block and Paper Towel Prints

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Block and Paper Towel Prints - use yarn and simple alphabet blocks to create a fun art experience.

Do you have some letter blocks at home? I am constantly tripping over them and finding them in the oddest places like in the dryer (how did that happen??). My kids rarely use them for building any more so I tried to breathe some new life into them. I was perusing a design blog, Print and Pattern, and they shared some images from a book where they wrapped blocks in yarn. That gave me an idea for some fun kids art. This Block and Paper Towel Prints project was inspired by big people art.  Often you can find ways to simplify activities to make them accessible for little artists. My little artists love creating with paint as you can see in the Kids Window Art Activity.



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My stumbling block, literally.

child's block

Did you know kids can use these for more than building and throwing?  They are great for play dough also as the kids can make imprints in the dough of backwards letters.  As long as you don't mind backwards letters.

To make block and paper towel prints, wrap a length of yarn around the block. I wrapped it 4-5 times one way and the 4-5 times another way to create a cross pattern. I also wrapped them just one way for a different look.

blocks wrapped in yarn

Simply dip the yarn covered blocks in a stamp pad or paint and make some fabulous prints.  You know how I like to test out these projects first?  Well, this one was really fun and I think it would be a good time for an adult and even a surly tween/teen.  This is my sample.

block prints

We had some ink pads for rubber stamps but they seemed kind of dry, so I had to improvise.  I made my own budget stamp pad by folding some paper towels on a tray and spreading some paint on them.

diy stamp pad

I showed the girls how to dip their block in the paint and then make prints on the paper.  At first they didn't press very hard, so the prints didn't come out so well, but once they put a little more force into it, they were printing like old pros.

printmaking

A had a great time mixing the colors on her block to make a pretty rainbow effect.  

kids art

When the girls indicted they were done (by yelling "I don't want to do this anymore!" I am really good at reading them), I felt like there was too much paint on the tray to go to waste so I grabbed some copy paper and we pressed it on the tray and made some cool looking prints.  I love how the texture of the paper towel made a neat pattern on the paper.

children's art

Here is our awesome art gallery of block and paper towel prints

art for kids

prints

For more fun ways to play with paint check out:

                          Bubble Wrap Prints                                  Painting with Rubber Band Paintbrushes
  


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60 comments:

  1. SUPER cute!! Maybe I could wrap all of their toys in yarn and dip them in paint also...would that mean we could get rid of them when we're done?! They don't play with them anyways...

    WM

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  3. too cute! what a great idea!

    thanks for stopping by...the naan actually smells like pancakes when you cook it! following you back!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love this block idea! We have some old blocks that actually belonged to my husband, and the kids are past building with them, so this is a perfect way to extend their life!

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  5. I love your ideas!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a thoughtful comment. It's fun to know other people dreamed about their future and see it unfolding somewhat how they pictured it! :) You have a great blog here! So glad I found you! :)

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  6. My daughter loves to paint and she would enjoy this little project.

    Thanks for joining our blog hop yesterday, I'm here to follow you too :)

    Happy Friday!

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  7. happy to meet you Vicky!
    thanks for stopping by FHC & chatting today!
    i'm not sure if other ereaders have these available - check the titles at your fave sites like B&N and see. i just listed these onkindle, but i know bn usually offers the same titles for nook and also kobo... have fun even if you get some!

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  8. Working Mommy, they might notice if all of their toys are gone. :-) Thanks!

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  9. Jessyca, thanks for coming by!

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  10. Rachel, ok, now you have made me hungry. :-)

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  11. Act Fast Chef, thanks for checking us out!

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  12. GJT, That would be a great idea!

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  13. Heather, thanks for coming by! You are so sweet.

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  14. New Mom, thanks so much for the follow!

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  15. Faith, Hope, Cherrytea, thanks I will do that. So happy you could stop by!

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  16. Hi Vicky,

    So many really cute ideas. I taught elementary school for 14 years but when my children were young I taught their preschool classes. These are wonderful ideas. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

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  17. Hi, Vicky.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog; I'm following you back!

    By the way, I totally get the Kriss Kross reference!

    Traci

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  18. Thanks for stopping by BibleLoveNotes.com. Your site is fun! My grandchildren would love these crafts. Gail

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  19. OH!!You are a busy woman. I love all your craftiness. The block idea is very cool. Thanks for stopping by. Friending you back :)

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  20. Cute idea! :) Stopping by from the blog hop. Thanks for linking up with us yesterday. I am now your newest follower. I hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  21. Love this idea! Thanks for stopping by Tips for Saving and following me. I'm now following you back.

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  22. Brenda, I bet you have lots of great ideas too!

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  23. Traci, thanks for coming by!

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  24. Gail, hope your grandchildren enjoy them.

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  25. Shelley, All moms are busy. :-) I miss the days when they were tiny and I could nap when they did. Now there is so much to do that I have not taken a nap in years! LOL!

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  26. Tammy, thanks so much! I love your blog and I think we have a friend in common.

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  27. Rose, thanks, I am glad you liked it.

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  28. Adorable! Always good to see little ones learning about art! Following back from the Friday blog hop.

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  29. Thanks for stopping by and following! This is a great project. I am following back!

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  30. I didn't think about the blocks like that. Such a great idea for the playdoh and we already have those stompers things! :)

    Very creative!

    Thank you for visiting with me. I'm your new follower!
    Aloha!

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  31. Hi,
    Thanks for stopping by our blog.
    I'm following you back
    I love the sea scene.
    April

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  32. Clever girl! I love the creativity here. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Big Hugs!! P.S.I bet they are every bite

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  33. Thanks a lot for the visit, following you back..

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  34. This is such a great idea! So wishing I would make the time - am sure my littles would love such a creative meal.
    Stopping by to follow back - thanks so much for visiting our blog.
    xo

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  35. so clever and a great way to use blocks besides building & even after kids have grown beyond wanting to use them.

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  36. Baba, thanks for following back!

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  37. Paper Princess, So happy you could come by!

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  38. Jamerican Spice, it was fun to use the blocks for something different.

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  39. Amy2Blessings, thanks for stopping by!

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  40. Katherine's Corner, They did eat a lot!

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  41. chubskulit, thanks for coming by

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  42. Susan, thank you for the kind comment.

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  43. Mom, thanks so much! I will do that!

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  44. What a great idea! I have so many of those lying around. :)

    Thanks for linking on my new Linky Party, Link Your Mess!!

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  45. You have so many fun crafts for the kids! I'm saving a slew of them for mine. Thanks for sharing, and stopping by my blog!

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  47. Cassie, thanks so much for the kind words.

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  48. Very colorful and fun! Thank you for linking up to The Sunday Showcase.

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