Monoprinting: Easy Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Hi friends! I am supremely excited to be welcoming Jeanette from Artchoo today to share an easy and beautiful art project that allows even the littlest artists to get creative.  Jeanette is one of the fabulous Rockin’ Art Moms that I introduced yesterday, so I really expected her post to be nothing short of amazing, and I found this idea to the perfect mix of simple, beautiful, and engaging for the under-five crowd. When you are done reading, be sure to hop over to Artchoo and follow Jeanette on all her social media channels. Take it away, Jeanette!

Monoprinting: Easy Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Monoprinting: Easy Art Idea for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Hi, Twodaloo readers! I’m Jeanette Nyberg from Artchoo, and I am thrilled to be here with an easy art project you can do with your kids. I try to make a lot of my projects accessible to kids of different ages; you can decide how much they are involved depending on your kids’ ages/abilities. This one I did with my 4 year old son, but we used Crayola washable paints, so it’s perfect for even very little kids. They will love getting all messy and may want to spend the entire time just exploring the paint…


  • White paper – we used thicker drawing paper, but we use white card stock for these types of painting projects, too.
  • Washable paints in 2 to 4 colors – we used red, blue, yellow, green.
  • Scissors or a big hole punch. I’m obsessed with our 2″ hole punch, but you can cut any shapes you want out of the paper
  • Glue stick
  • Piece of colored card stock or construction paper


Sit your little buddy down and squirt out 4 globs of paint onto your palette. We are very high-tech and use wax paper on a tray. If they are very little, they’ll just want to explore the paint with their hands and smear it all together for a while. If they are slightly older, you can direct them to use a finger to draw through the paint, not mixing it all together. They can see what happens when two of the colors mix together in certain areas.

Finger painting on wax paper- notice the color mixing!

While they are having fun with paint, you can cut or punch out shapes from the white paper. Have them place the shapes all over their painted surface and press down lightly. When they pick the shapes up, they will have tiny mono prints to admire.

Place white circles on finger paint designs.

Let your tiny monoprints dry.

You can stop there, or let them glue the shapes onto a piece of colored card stock or construction paper. Do you know how happy I get every time I pull out the glue stick instead of having to contend with drippy, messy glue? Can you relate? Voila! Masterpiece.

Gorgeous finished product- monoprinting for toddlers and preschoolers

Thanks for letting me invade Stephanie’s blog for the day, and you can see more of my art projects for 0-6 year olds on Artchoo.

Jeanette is Chicago-area mom, pusher of creativity for kids, kid-design-lover, and mess-maker.  She writes at both Artchoo and Tiny Rotten Peanuts, and you can also find her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+.


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  1. Great post! I could also see laying the large dots on the paper and putting a large sheet of paper on top first – and printing the background with dots in place. The dots become white negative space while the background prints. Then pulling off the dots for the mono prints, and you have two sets of prints! Great project – we’re into printmaking lately :)

  2. Great activity. One I haven’t tried with paint as yet!
    Wow! You are also very lucky to have Jeanette over on your blog. She’s amazing & we LOVE her stuff! As we love all of your shares on TwoDaloo as well 😀 Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Jeanine! Jeanette is fantastic, and I agree, so lucky to have her!

  3. I love this idea! My 14 month old has just started working with fingerpaint, but it’s a full-body experience on a huge sheet of butcher paper on the bathroom floor…and it’s hard to save. I like the idea of printing while he is working!

    • Absolutely, Larissa! It would be a great way to have a keepsake that wouldn’t interfere with his exploration of the art medium. A win-win!

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