Creative Saturdays – Foam Print Tadeo Turtle

Creative Saturdays – Foam Print Tadeo Turtle


This past week my granddaughter attended a course at Haliburton School of the Arts, run by Erin Lynch. She had a wonderful time. Erin is very creative and the kids made fantastic projects – including a bird banner – that was something. I forgot to take pictures again!!!!

But one project fascinated me. Using styrofoam the kids etched a picture and then printed  it.

So I thought I would try with my 4-year grandson. I didn’t have any styrofoam but I did have foam sheets. I wondered if they would work – and they did.

I made mine first to see if it worked. Then my grandson wanted to make one.


            • styrofoam or foamy sheet
            • pencil – sharp
            • paint of any colour
            • tin sheet
            • brush
            • piece of paper


On the styrofoam piece etch a picture or design. My grandson did not press very hard so I went over his drawing so it would be deeper into the foam.



Put paint into a tin pan or anything that will fit your foam. Use a brush to spread it around.



Place the foam upside down in the paint. Press down.


Place the stamp that you made on a piece of paper. Press down firmly all over the foam.

foam-print-pressing downTadeo


Lift off carefully – and there is your picture.!!! I asked my grandson what was different between the stamp and his picture. He couldn’t see until I asked him where the head was in each picture. “Oh it is backwards,” he said. We needed to pick up his sister from camp so I forgot to take a picture of his print.

Here is the print of mine.



I washed off the foam and it could be used again. You could put different paints onto the tray. Here is the foam pad of my Tadeo print.

My stamp of Tadeo

We had lots of fun!

Please check out more about my book Tadeo Turtle on Tadeo’s Page. You will find more activities at the back of my book. And a 24-page curriculum is available if you ask.

Tadeo Turtle by Janis Cox

For more craft ideas from He Cares for Us go to Crafts for Kids.

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