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Squeezing in some fun printing practice!


I am always looking for ways to make printing fun for kids.  I truly believe it is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced so whenever I can, I try to change it up so that is not just paper and pencil tasks.  One of my students favorites is using our printing bags.

Materials needed:
  •  Resealable bag (I used Ziplock brand)
  • Strong Packing tape or Duct tape
  • Paint or hair gel
  • Q-tips (optional)

Paint filled printing bags

To make our printing bags, I fill resealable baggies with paint or hair gel, usually just a couple squirts worth.  Then I tape the top closed so the kids can not open the bags (open bags=big mess).  The bags are then ready to use.   Kids can use Q-tips or their fingers to draw on top of the bag.  I like using the Q-tips because it helps build up those fine motor muscles as well.


I use these bags all the time with my class, especially during guided reading sessions or center activities.  It's something I can pull out quick and the kids love them.  We use them to practice pre-printing shapes, letters, sight words, spelling words you name it!  



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16 comments:

  1. I LOVE the paint in the baggie for writing/drawing. I am soooo making these!!!!!

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  2. I'm glad you like it Laura! They are very fun and the kids really like them! You can also add 2 colors in the baggie and have the kids mix colors as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Just paint? Is that all you need?

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    1. Yep just paint! But you can add glitter if you'd like. I have also used hair gel too and it works as well, just make sure to use a darker color.

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  4. Just thought I’d let you know I included a link to your q-tip writing on my personal blog. Such a cute idea! Thanks for the post!

    Amy Senter
    aspoolofthread.etsy.com

    http://www.amyroachsenter.blogspot.com/2013/04/10-toddler-crafts.html

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  5. I love this idea.! I will try it soon. Thanks

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  6. What kind of paint did you use? I just tried shaving cream, but it melted or fell apart over night- boo! Great ideas!

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    1. Ohhh that sucks that shaving cream didn't work. I just use tempera paint. Even the cheap stuff from the dollar store works well. Good luck!

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  7. How quickly does the paint dry out? If at all?

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    1. The paint will eventually dry out but it takes several months.

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  8. so you use paint inside the bag and then do you use paint on the qtip for the outside?

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    1. Yes you put paint inside the bag but then you can use a dry q-tip or your finger to draw on the outside of the bag. This way leaves no mess as you aren't actually touching any paint.

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  9. Loving this idea! I'm a para so I am always looking for a way to make it fun!! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Loving this idea! I'm a para so I am always looking for a way to make it fun!! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. How much paint, and in what size zip local bag?

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    1. You can use whatever size bag you want, I usually just use the sandwich size ones, but I have used x-large bags with some of my special needs students as they enjoy moving the paint around the bag. With a sandwich sized bag I just squirt in a couple squirts of paint probably about 3 or 4 tablespoons worth.

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