Looking for an easy introduction to printmaking for your toddler? Try this simple technique, which uses plain water and bleeding tissue paper to create beautifully colored designs (and, we should note, beautifully stained fingertips that come clean with a generous amount of soap and water).
To start, have your child cut or tear the tissue paper into small pieces. Set the white paper on a cookie sheet or tray, then let him paint the entire surface with water.
When the white paper is soaked, have him arrange the tissue paper on top. (You may need to dab dry spots with water to make the tissue paper stick.) Let the tissue paper sit for 5 to 10 minutes, or longer for a more saturated color.
Then have him remove the paper with his fingertips or with the brush to reveal the printed colors beneath.