Printing from styrofoam plates helps children learn that they can upcycle everyday materials into beautiful objects and teaches them patience and planning as they work through multiple steps to reach an outcome.
Paper tape, like masking tape
Tempera or Poster Paint
Cookie Sheet or Piece of Acrylic
Paper or tablecloth to cover workspace
Cut the rim off the styrofoam plate.
Place the stryrofoam circle on top of a sheet of tracing paper, and trace around the circle.
Remove the plate.
Draw a picture or design on the copy paper. Avoid drawing small details that will disappear when printed.
Tape the drawing on top of the plate.
Retrace your drawing, pushing hard enough to press into and make a mark on the plate.
Remove the paper.
Retrace the drawing on the styrofoam plate, creating deep grooves in the plate.
Roll a small amount of paint onto the cookie sheet or piece of acrylic, and then roll the paint over the styrofoam plate.
Cover the plate with a piece of copy paper, and press it down firmly with your whole hand.
Remove the paper to reveal the printed magic.
Repeat as desired.
Recipe by TinkerLab at http://tinkerlab.com/styrofoam-printmaking/