Wax Paper Monoprint: Discovery at Home

What you need:

  • Wax paper.
  • Paper.
  • Paints.
  • Paint brush.
  • Comb, back of paintbrushes, or cotton swab to add textures (optional).


  1. Cut a sheet of wax paper.
  2. Paint on your wax paper however you’d like.
  3. Use your finger, a comb, the back of a paintbrush, or a cotton swab to add textures and/or designs to your paint.
  4. Set a piece of paper on top of your wax paper and press down.
  5. Peel off the piece of paper and you’ll see the print you just made!

What kids learn:

  • Fine motor skills. Kids practice using the small muscles in their hands later used for writing.
  • Symbolic thinking, or the ability to think about one thing representing something else. When small children begin to connect a tree on paper to the tree on their street, they start building the connections in the brain that allow for reading and learning later.


  • Printmaking. The activity or occupation of making pictures or designs by printing them from specially prepared plates or blocks.
  • Texture. The feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance.
  • Monoprint. A print that is usually limited to one copy. Mono means one. A monoprint is typically drawn or painted onto a plate, block, or surface and then transferred onto paper.