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Cow Prints

This art project was inspired by Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. To learn more about the book and see all our Click Clack Moo activities, click here

This paint rubbing activity is a fun and simple way to introduce your young reader to printmaking. Folding the paper and not letting paint cross the fold line is also a simple way to introduce or reinforce the concept of halves. 


  • 1 sheet large white construction paper
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Can or lid to trace to make the head


Part 1: Mirror Image Printing


  1. Fold construction paper in half to crease, then unfold paper.
  2. Paint black splotches on only one half of the paper. Don’t let the paint cross the line!
  3. Refold the paper on the same crease and rub across the top of the paper in all directions. Unfold the paper to reveal the cow print. Lay flat to dry completely.

Part 2: Making the Cow

  1. Once paint is completely dry, fold paper in half,  then cut along crease. 
  2. Choose one half to be the body of the cow; using scissors, round each of the corners.
  3. From the remaining half you will get all the features of the cow. To make the head, trace a can or lid of an appropriate size and cut out. This will be the cow’s head. Glue the circle to the body.
  4. Cut out the remaining features using the remaining paper: 2 ears, 4 legs, 2 horns, and a tail. This is a creative cow so let your reader decide how those features should look. Glue the pieces to the cow. Add eyes and mouth with marker or crayon.

Cow Prints
Cow Art Prints



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