Scrunched paper printing in preschool

This has to be one of the most simple, yet fun and easy to throw together painting activities ever!

Simply set out a variety of paint colors, a piece of paper, and scrap paper…

The children “scrunched” up the scrap paper….

Then dipped the scrunched paper into paint and made prints on their paper canvas…

The “scrunched” paper gets soggy after a bit so having available some fresh pieces of scrap paper to scrunch up as you go along is a good idea…

The children really took their time and stayed engaged in the process of scrunching and printing…

Even some children who don’t normally want to get paint on their hands gave this a try…

And then there were those who love the sensory experience of getting paint on their hands…

We had all kinds of prints in the end and a wonderful experience in the process…

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By |2011-03-04T07:00:48+00:00March 4th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. AWESOME! The simple ideas are the best!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 4, 2011 at 7:18 am - Reply

      I agree:)

  2. Molly- Rhinestones&PineCones March 4, 2011 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Fun! Something we have never done! And will save me a few minutes from cleaning up brushes 🙂

  3. Molly- Rhinestones&PineCones March 4, 2011 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Yes, simple is always good for preschoolers! And toddlers! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Yes we did this with our twos and our older preschoolers!

  4. Scott March 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I always say you can paint with anything…but we’ve never done this. What a fun idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      It was so simple – my favorite part:)

  5. Pam March 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Oh- the kids would love this! I love the way the paintings turned out- interesting ‘textured- look’! We definitely will be trying this!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      Great Pam!

  6. Kerri March 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Wonderful activity!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you Kerri:)

  7. Nadia March 9, 2011 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah!
    I did an activity with my kids and used the scrunching paper idea, came out cute! ( i linked to you as well)… Thanks for your constant inspiration

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      The butterflies turned out beautiful and your children are adorable!

  8. Gianne March 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!! How cute is this! We are definetly doing this simple, but fun project. Thanks again!

    Gianne Curry

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      Haha! Thank you Gianne:)

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