From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

2 kinds of things to print with.


1. Mushrooms and Potatoes

Pour some poster paint in a flat dish and spread it around a little. Slice a mushroom (or other vegetable) in half lengthwise. Dip the cut side in the paint and gently press it on a piece of paper. Practice making mushroom prints until you get the technique right and can make a crisp print. Then, on a new piece of paper, make a mushroom-print design.

Slice a potato in half. Draw a simple design on the cut end, such as a star. Carve away the potato on the outside of the star. Dip the potato star into paint and print with it.

Mushrooms and potatoes illustration


2. Found Objects

Look around your home for things to print with. Here are some ideas: sponges (cut them up into designs), alphabet blocks (the kind that have designs carved into them), cookie cutters, jar lids, and erasers. Dip them into paint and print with them.

Found objects illustration


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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