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Tempera paint is a mainstay of each Little School classroom. Whether your child is easel painting, tray painting, making a body tracing or painting a paper construction s/he is using tempera paint.  Recently, some of the classrooms have been trying out printing with tempera paint. Children dip everyday objects like Duplo, Lego, cookie cutters or lids from different sized containers into paint, place them on paper and lift them up. Behold, shapes appear on the paper, some are outlines, some are filled in.  At first children are delighted by this magical transformation from familiar three dimensional object to colorful, flat version. Soon, the focused control of printing gives way to the pleasure of sliding the objects across the paper, creating differents sized smears of paint. Eventually the appeal of controlling the prints takes hold again as children use, for example, jar lids for a head, a small Lego piece for a nose.  Children may use one color at first, then add another and then start mixing colors.


As with all art experiences at the Little School, printing provides the children with the chance to experiment and explore followed by the opportunity to take charge of the material and use it for the purposeful expression of ideas.    


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