February 26, 2013

Cookie Cutter Prints {Spring Painting Activity}

Print Making with Cookie Cutters

Print making with cookie cutters, spring art for kids

We love experimenting with print making.  One of my favorite ways to mix it up is by getting a new set of plastic cookie cutters for print making.  I found a set of four spring themed cookie cutters at Dollar Tree and set up an invitation to make spring paintings.

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I set up the invitation on our train table.  I squirted paint on the paper in six places around the perimeter of the table and left the spring cookie cutters in the four corners.

J-Bug (3) immediately grabbed a flower shaped cookie cutter and dipped it into the paint.  In addition to making flower prints he enjoyed watching the results of rubbing the cookie cutter around in circles.

He studied the shape of the cookie cutter, dipped it in paint, then rubbed it on the paper again.

Peanut (19 months) was equally as excited to make cookie cutter prints with the paint.  He liked dipping the cookie cutter in the paint then rubbing it on himself.

After awhile the table looked like this:

In addition to making cookie cutter prints, the boys ran their fingers in the paint to see the marks they could make.  If the mess makes you think twice about letting your little ones paint, I encourage you to read my Tips and Tricks for Messy Play and Laundry Tips.

Tank (19 months) explored with print making a bit, but he mainly wanted to sit in my lap.

Their prints turned out quite lovely.  J-Bug made most of his prints with the thin side of the cookie cutter.  I love the way he always does his own thing.

For more ways to paint follow me on Pinterest.

Other fun ideas for print making:

 Circle printing - simple art exploration for kids 


  1. What a wonderful printmaking activity! I pinned this post.

  2. I absolutely love this idea! I can't wait to try it with my son. He already loves paint so I know it'll be an absolute hit. Thanks for sharing, and I love the photos!

  3. i keep asking we are going to try this. Looks like lots of fun. We have those cookie cutters too:-)

  4. We love cookie cutter printing, such a great way to explore.. and then I cheekly use the final result as wrapping paper!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty.


  5. Cookie cutter printing is great for tots T loves it as it makes things look like they are meant to look like.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and letting you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

  6. Hello there...we used your idea and we had a lots of fun...thanks for sharing...


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