For me, the magic of printing never gets old. When the print is revealed I always find it exciting. Printing doesn't have to be expensive either, we made our printing blocks using scraps of MDF wood and a foam sheet. For printing ink, we used water based printing inks but thick kids poster paint (tempera paint) will work just fine.

This is a fantastic project to make your own gift wrapping paper.


  • A wooden base for your printing block
  • Foam sheet
  • Hot glue
  • Paints - we use water based printing inks
  • Paper - long rolls of paper if you want to make wrapping paper or smaller sheets of paper
  • Roller and a flat surface/plastic sheet


To make your printing blocks, cut shapes from the foam sheet and glue them securely onto the wooden base. We made a few different printing blocks, some with geometric patterns and others with organic patterns.

DIY printing blocks

To apply the paint to the printing block, roll it out on your flat plastic sheet until you have an even coating over the roller. Roll the paint onto the printing block getting an even coating all over the block. Press the printing block onto the paper and apply pressure. remove the block to reveal your print.

block printing kids art activity

To make our wrapping paper we used long sheets of brown paper and printed using blue and green paints.

We also printed in black over the top of some old colourful paintings to make new beautiful artwork.

printing kids art project

This post has been included in Twinkl's End of Term Activities Blog.


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