Combine process art with holiday cheer with some original stamped wrapping paper. It’s perfect for wrapping the gifts that students make for their families and friends. Preschoolers love being able to say, “I made that!” The best part is that it is a low-prep, student-led, easy-to-clean-up activity. It’s also fantastic for any season – swap out the shapes and enjoy custom stamped wrapping paper all year long!
Materials Needed to Create Stamped Wrapping Paper
- Large pieces of white butcher paper
- Tempera paint
- Paper plates
- Plastic, disposable table covering
- Cookie cutters
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How To Create One-of-a-Kind Art
Creating stamped wrapping paper is a great way to incorporate meaningful process art into the preschool classroom. Students need minimal adult direction. More importantly, the students can express their personality directly in the art.
First, cover the work area with a disposable plastic tablecloth or inexpensive shower curtain – it contains the mess and makes clean-up a breeze! Lay a large sheet of white butcher paper at each student’s workspace and drizzle a small amount of paint onto paper plates. Lay out cookie cutters in a variety of shapes.
Next, provide students with smocks before beginning to stamp. Once they are fully smocked, the sky is the limit! Students dip the cookie cutters into the paint, and then stamp the paper. There is no rhyme or reason for how the shapes need to be placed either. Students may decide to overlap the shapes, or create patterns…it’s all okay!
When the student decides their masterpiece is complete, write their initials somewhere on the piece and hang it to dry. Once it is fully dried, the paper can be used as unique, personally-created wrapping paper for all kinds of gifts. (Need some inspiration for easy gifts that preschoolers can make? Check out these five classroom-tested projects HERE.)
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More Process Art Projects for the Preschool Classroom
- Balloon Prints – A non-traditional painting project, balloon prints will become a quick favorite in any preschool classroom. It is a versatile, simple, and engaging art project that students love.
- Sunshine Process Art – Students will fall in love with the squishing feeling of this art project. Placing globs of paint between paper and plastic wrap and then pushing and moving the paint around will create stunning artwork.
- Gift Bow Painting – This is another great holiday project. Simply ditch the paintbrushes and pick up some gift bows – it’s as easy as that!