Mono Printing

mono printingI’m really excited to tell you about this activity. It worked so well and the children loved it. We had such a fun, messy time whilst we learnt several processes.

What is Mono Printing?
This is a really exciting way children can learn about printing. Images or lines are created but only one print can be taken. This means that every print is unique.

There are several methods of mono printing and the one we did today in toddler group is really simple and available to a wide age group to try.

We used:

Polystyrene pizza trays (but any smooth surface will do)
Ready mixed paint – cool blues and greens
Foam Rollers
A3 Drawing paper
A toy car
Round handled dabbers

Mono Printing Method
First the children had to cover their pizza tray in paint. I squeezed some paint onto the tray and the children then used a foam roller to spread the paint all over the tray, right up to the edges. This can take some time but they loved the rolling back and forth motion.

Once the tray was completely covered the children then made marks into the paint. They could use their fingers, a toy car, the dabbers or corks.

When they were satisfied with their marks we laid a piece of clean paper over the top and smoothed the paper down with our hands so the paper had good contact with all of the pizza tray underneath.

Then the moment of magic. We peeled back the paper to see how the print turned out. The look of delight on the children’s faces was fantastic. Most children wanted another go whilst a couple of children went on to make at least six prints each.

The great thing about using pizza trays is that you create a round print which adds to the stunning effect. Many mums commented that they looked like planets.


I have also used the pizza trays for making Sun Prints and Moon Prints. The moon prints would be a great activity for Ramadan which starts on the 18th June 2015.

Choosing Colours
This week we worked with cool colours – blues and greens – but let the children choose which they wanted to use. Hot colours – yellows, oranges and reds – would have worked just as well.

Alternatively, you could simply let the children decide which colour they want from all of your paints. However, you may find that after a few prints the colours start to get a bit dirty and brown because you won’t have time to rinse the rollers out between prints. That’s why it’s probably best to use colours that will blend well and stay looking pleasing.

This is a great activity which really engages the children. I urge you to give it a go!


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