Block Printing


  • Small blocks of wood
  • Rickrack
  • Glue
  • Liquid tempera paint in a shallow pan
  • Paper


  1. Glue rickrack to the end of a block of wood.
  2. Press the block into the paint, then onto paper to make a zigzag design.
  3. Move the block around in different directions and add different colors of paint if you like.

For an alternate activity, wrap string around a block or glue an object such as a key or small plastic ring to the end of the block to make an interesting print.


Copyright © 1999 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Toddler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

To order this book visit Meadowbrook Press.


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