Artful Imprints: Baking Sheet Printing for Kids

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Looking for a creative art activity for your little ones? Baking sheet printing is a fantastic and exciting way to let their imagination run wild while creating unique and colorful masterpieces. In this blog post, we’ll explore baking sheet printing, a process that combines painting, drawing, and printing to reveal delightful art imprints. So, grab your baking sheet, paints, and white paper, and let’s dive into this fun and artful activity!



Before we get started with baking sheet printing, gather these supplies:

  • Baking sheet (preferably one with a shallow rim)
  • Non-toxic washable paints (various colors for a splash of fun)
  • White paper (cut into suitable printing sizes)
  • Soft-bristled paint brushes or sponge brushes
  • Optional: Markers or crayons for adding details after printing

Creating Beautiful Imprints

To begin the baking sheet printing fun, have your kids paint the bottom of the baking sheet with their favorite colors. They can use paint brushes or sponge brushes to create vibrant backgrounds. Cover the entire baking sheet. You can use one colour or multiple colours. Try to use colours that are close to each other in the rainbow so that if they mix they don’t make gray or brown.

Encourage them to draw different things like ladybugs, flowers, ice creams, or any other objects they fancy, using their fingers to make imprints directly onto the paint. The magic happens when they take a sheet of white paper and gently press it into the painted baking sheet, creating an artful imprint!

Unveiling the Prints

Carefully peel the white paper back, the imprints of their colorful drawings will be revealed, just like magic! Each print will be a unique masterpiece, showcasing their creativity and artistic flair. Be sure to create more than one imprint with each painted baking sheet.

Let them experiment with different colors and designs, combining various imprints on one paper for a collage-like effect. The process of gently pressing the paper onto the baking sheet also adds a tactile element to the art activity, engaging their senses in a delightful way.

Baking sheet printing is a marvelous way for kids to explore their creativity and create stunning art imprints without the need for complicated tools or materials. The process of painting, drawing, and printing offers a multi-layered sensory experience that sparks imagination and joy. Whether they’re designing ladybugs, flowers, or ice creams, each imprint is a unique expression of their creativity. So, get your baking sheets ready and watch as your little artists embark on a fun and artful journey of baking sheet printing. Prepare to be amazed by their colorful imprints, and cherish the memories of this delightful adventure for years to come! Happy printing!

What is Printmaking?

Printmaking is a fascinating art process that lets kids explore the world of creativity in a unique and captivating way. In this technique, young artists create artwork by transferring images or designs onto paper or other surfaces through various printing methods. Whether it’s carving intricate patterns on a linoleum block for relief printing, crafting imaginative designs on foam sheets for foam printing, or experimenting with everyday objects for monoprinting, printmaking offers a world of possibilities. With each press and transfer, kids witness the magic of their creations come to life, giving birth to multiple unique prints. This hands-on and exciting art process encourages children to experiment, express themselves, and discover the joy of artistic exploration through the art of printmaking.

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 18 months old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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