Welcome to my blog about my experiences working in early childhood. I have called it Nurturing Forests because I believe that raising children is not a isolated activity but takes a whole community.

As early childhood professionals, we are actively involved in this process but we also need to work closely with the children, parents, community as a whole and other allied professionals.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Printmaking with Scratchfoam

Having been inspired by a recent Teacher Tom post http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/real-printmakers.html - I recently gave scratchfoam a go in my classroom.

If you don't know Scratchfoam - it works like lino printing but you don't need all of the really sharp tools. The children can make a imprint on the foam with a pencil or anything else with a point. Teacher Tom very nicely provided a Amazon link but as Amazon doesn't ship those kind of things to Australia (however you can use a site like hop shop go ) I found a Australian supplier Cavalier Art Supplies - who are wonderful and very affordable.... www.cavalierart.com.au

I also purchased some small rollers (about 2inch wide) and a nice paint palette (just from my local art supply shops).

I gave the children red, yellow, blue and black. I learnt quickly to allocate a roller to each colour and I gave the children a cloth to clean there scratchfoam between each print. Each child was given a small rectangle of foam.....

Any way it worked out lovely...... I love the way this child even has the print the same way up in every tile


  1. They look fantastic Wendy. It really is cool stuff!
    Donna :) :)

  2. hey Wendy

    The website is fantastic!

    I love Samantha's artwork. I will show here tonight.

    Cheers Reets xxx

  3. Hi Reets

    Glad you like it... her work was so beautiful I had to do a post on it.

    I wish I had a shot of the one she did afterwards to show how she built on her learning


  4. I am unable to thank you enough for the blogposts on your web page. I know you add a lot of time and energy into them and truly hope you know how deeply I enjoy it. I hope I’m able to do something identical person at some time.