Printmaking allows kids to see cause & effect in action!

Why do it?

When making prints in the sand or on paper, tamariki have an opportunity to:

  • be creative
  • observe patterns and prints in the natural world
  • try making patterns using different colours and shapes
  • strengthen the practice of going from left to right, which helps with both reading and writing.

How to do it

At the beach:

  • Look for different footprints made by people, birds or animals.
  • Take time to look carefully at the footprints. Ask your tamaiti: ‘What is the same or different about them?’ (smaller, bigger, longer), ‘I wonder why this one is deeper?’
  • Make prints in the sand — footprints, handprints and wheel prints. Try making prints using different stones and shells.
  • Try to copy some prints you’ve seen.

At home:

  • Look for everyday objects that can make a print. They work best if they have at least one flat side. Try different blocks and lids, a potato masher, your thumbs and fingers.
  • Make a ‘stamp pad’ using a folded cloth or a sponge and some liquid paint squirted into it.
  • Provide paper for your tamaiti to make prints on.
  • Make repeating print patterns. Encourage them to start on the left and move to the right.

Using more reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
Te tapuwae o ngā manu Bird footprint
Ki te Haina To stamp
To stamp your foot
Kia māriri tō tānga Press lightly
Kia mārō tō tānga Press hard
Me tīmata koe i te taha mauī Start on the left
Me haere koe ki te taha matau Go to the right