Here’s a simple version of mono printing which makes super stylish Christmas cards and gift tags.
QUICK RESOURCE >> Download your ready-made Nativity Unit here
Mono printing Christmas cards
We used pizza bases to make our mono prints.
Use a pencil to draw on a design.
You’ll notice that your design pushes down into the pizza base as you draw. You can make Christmas trees and presents, draw abstract patterns or write a word.
Remember to write any words backwards though!
Then use a paintbrush or brayer to apply paint over your design.
We used acrylic paint. Brush lightly over the surface so that you don’t get any paint down into the grooves of your design.
Take your card and place it over your design. Keep it very still and use a clean brayer or your finger to rub all over. This is how the paint will transfer on to your card.
Carefully peel your card off the base to reveal your mono print design.
You can make large versions of your design to use as a mono printed Christmas card….
or make small versions and use them as gift tags.
Download your ready-made Nativity Unit
Download the Play Academy’s ready-made Nativity Unit and you’ll have everything you need to lead a set of activities to introduce your children to the Nativity story.
This Unit includes artist-drawn puppets/colour-in nativity scene characters and printable Bible verse cards, that your children can use year after year.
In this Nativity teaching unit your children can:
:: learn about the Nativity and create their own Nativity book or small world scene using colour-in puppet / nativity scene characters
:: learn about Mary and Joseph’s journey, and explore junk modelling
:: learn about the shepherds role, and explore loose parts
:: learn about Jesus’ birth
:: learn about the three wise men, and complete their book / re-tell the story in their small world
Bonus Nativity thematic unit printables
The Play Academy’s thematic units come with practical printables that make the lessons more engaging for your children and easier for you to teach.
No need to go searching for printables to accompany your lessons, they’re all included when you download your chosen unit.
In this Nativity Unit you’ll receive these bonus printables:
:: My Nativity Story book to write, colour and complete to tell the Nativity story
:: a set of artist-drawn My Nativity Puppets to colour, cut out and use to re-cap and act out the Nativity story
:: Nativity Vocabulary Cards to recap and consolidate learning
:: Nativity Bible Verse Cards to read, narrate your own acting out of the story, and perhaps to memorise
How to download this Nativity thematic unit
You can download this unit along with over 50 more from NurtureStore’s Play Academy.
If you are already of the Play Academy, you can download this unit straight away from our Library here.
If you are not yet a member, find out more and choose your first unit here. Your teaching is about to get a whole lot easier!