I had some balsa wood around the house and decided to make prints with the kids. If you’ve never seen this before, it is an inexpensive and soft wood that you can buy at most art supply and craft stores.
Here’s how we did it. I had the wood cut into rectangles already. The kids drew their designs with a pencil, then I went back to make sure that the indentations were clear. We printed with several colors of ink on colored paper (for more details on the printmaking process and materials, read this post). We had mixed results, but overall I like the effect of the woodgrain as it comes through to the paper and there was no carving necessary. I think it would be nice to have your child print several runs of the same design in different colors and frame them together. I even made a print of my own– this is not just a kid’s project!