Create Line Design Prints

What You Need:

  • Small boxes or wooden or plastic shapes
  • String
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Tempera paint
  • Paper plates
  • White paper

What You Do:

  1. Look around your house for different types of lines with your child. Lots of things are made up of lines! Check out patterns on your furniture, designs on the curtains, and the siding of your house. Encourage them to think of words to describe all the different kinds of lines you find.
  2. Next, help them find several blocks or small boxes around the house to use for creating his piece of art.
  3. Provide your artist with lengths of string to use for wrapping the blocks. Tape one end to the block and then allow them to wrap the shape—a great way to boost those fine motor skills. Once the string has been used up, tape the other end to secure it in place.
  4. Now, place a small amount of tempera paint on paper plates. Position a paper next to your child along with the wrapped shapes.
  5. Invite them to press the string-wrapped shapes in the tempera paint, and then stamp them onto their paper to create a line design.
  6. Use the finished line design artwork as wrapping paper, or for decorating the front of a handmade card!

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