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Soap Block Prints | Preschool Crafts for Kids

Soap Block Prints

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Have some good, clean fun with printmaking - and when you're finished, clean up is right at your fingertips.

Materials

  • Bar of glycerin soap
  • Old-fashioned vegetable peeler with a carving tip (wrap masking tape around the sides to cover sharp edges)
  • Nontoxic acrylic paint
  • Small paint roller or paintbrush
  • Toothpick

Instructions

  1. Help your kids carve a design in the bar of soap using the vegetable peeler. Remind them to dig deep -- at least 1/4 inch down. When the design is complete, blow off the little shavings of soap that cling to the surface and make sure all parts of the design have been carved deeply.
  2. Roll or brush a small amount of paint onto the surface of the soap block, just enough to coat it. Then place a sheet of paper over the soap and press down firmly on top of the block, being careful not to shift the paper once it has been settled.
  3. Peel the paper off; you will have a print of the carved design.

Tips:

If you're making several prints, you'll probably have to reapply paint each time. Periodically use a toothpick to clean the excess paint out of the carved furrows.

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