Screen Printing Ideas for Your School

by Wendy Croxford

in Permaset Blog

1 Oct 2017  | 0 Comments

Screen printing is a fantastic activity for school-aged kids – it helps them to develop their motor skills, expand on their lessons and have a lot of fun in the process. It’s a creative and safe process when using the right organic screen printing inks like Permaset’s water based products, so get stuck into these school projects!

Permaset Aqua Screen Printing Kit

Permaset Aqua Screen Printing Kit

Print names or ages
Projects don’t need to be complicated to teach kids effectively. You could start little ones printing their age or name, either with screen printing or stamping using organic screen printing inks onto paper. It makes a neat artwork to be hung on the fridge at home, and kids can develop their letters and numbers while they’re getting hands-on.


Design toys or cushions
Even simple monochromatic screen prints can be converted into cute stuffed toys. Have the kids print an animal face or other design twice onto plain calico, then let them carefully cut around the design and sew the two sides together. Once stuffed with filling, they’ll have a soft cushion or toy that they made entirely by themselves.


Start with simple base items
Tote bags and tea towels are inexpensive and useful items for kids to screen print onto, costing a couple of dollars each or less when bought in bulk. They also provide a nice flat surface for little hands to get used to the screen printing process with.


Print a group portrait
This is a project that could involve multiple or all year groups from your school. Have each child draw their self portrait on a piece of paper, then digitise and apply these illustrations onto a single screen print screen. Older kids can then learn to print this design onto posters, bags or textiles for a great end-of-year gift for parents. It’s an item that’s sure to be treasured for years to come.


Make birthday cards
Designing the front of a birthday card can teach kids a lot about composition, background colours and contrast when choosing eco friendly inks. You might even suggest they come up with their own puns to suit their simple designs, introducing word play into the equation too.


Star themed printed pillow. Source:

Star themed printed pillow. Source:

Use multiple techniques in one

There’s no reason you can’t connect multiple techniques into one print or poster project. Have kids try water marbling on a large piece of paper, then screen print a contrasting design onto this once dry. Following this they could cut their designs out and compile a colourful class mural, or decoupage it onto a shoebox to keep treasures in.


Explore the full range of Permaset water based screen printing inks and get started on your school projects.

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