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