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Simple Printing Can Be a Great Hobby for Kids

Teddy Bears Print


Kids Are More Clever Than You Think

Kids can enjoy printing some very simple patterns and motifs on fabric or paper.

If they are older than seven or eight, they can print something that they have created on a tee shirt for themselves, for their summer vacation.

Tee shirts for printing need to be cotton, so that they can absorb the dye well.The easiest thing to do is to visit your art and craft shop and buy some printing block designs. I found a butterfly design and a teddy bear one, which I used on paper for a birthday card, but you can also use acrylic paints and print on fabric.

When you have printed the butterfly on fabric and the paint has dried, iron gently to seal the paint. Also clean off the print block as soon as you have finished, ready for your next project.

This is such a wonderful way to help kids become involved in their own creative tee shirt printing!

Pink Teddy Bear's Print


Hobbies can grow into a career

  • This hobby can be ideal for kids that are on holiday and are getting restless.
  • Provide a table for them to cut out paper and create things, without worrying about the mess.
  • Start by teaching them to cut out their own potato designs and print on paper with water based poster paint, in colourful primary colours.
  • Some kids are slower to learn than others, but be patient because they will catch up in the end.

A simple butterfly design


Creativity hones a child's skills

There is such joy in seeing kids creating something from scratch. They also have something to share with their teacher and friends, at school.

A table for crafts



Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on September 01, 2020:

Thanks Denise. I think when they get older they remember the time spent with them and appreciate it even more.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 01, 2020:

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How perfect. It looks like they enjoyed it. I love doing crafts and arts with the kids.



Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 18, 2020:

So true. When children are able to create an item from scratch, they feel so empowered to believe in themselves.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 18, 2020:

It's smart to get children interested in crafts at a young age. They are a great way to learn a new skill and pass the time. And you have something wonderful to show for it afterwards.

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 16, 2020:

Thanks John. I have also heard of "Hobbytex" but have not tried it. Should look out for it at the art shop and give it a try.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 16, 2020:

When my kids were at home we used to print our own T shirts. There used to be a product back then called “hobbytex” I think. Anyway, it is great fun and this is a useful article, Diana. Thanks for sharing.

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 16, 2020:

Thank you Peggy for your encouraging feedback. I find that the more you create things, the more the inspiration burns brighter.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 16, 2020:

It is great fun for kids, and adults alike, for that matter, to engage in art projects. It unleashes the creativity that is inside.

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