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All children seem to love doing stamping either with paint or ink, and we thought they might like to make their own.

We started them off with some that we had made.

They pressed them onto ink pads rather than paint …

as the resulting picture is clearer.

Next we supplied them with sticky foam pieces which they could leave whole or cut into smaller shapes.

We gathered baskets of bits and pieces from the invention table …

for the children to stick onto the foam …

We saw some brilliant stamp designs …

The children soon figured out the object on the foam needed to sit around the same height to print the full impression …

No two stamps were created the same.

Some of course were never intended to be stamps at all!

We saw some wonderful pattern making taking place …

and a wide variety …

of different prints.

Over the day our stamp collection grew …

and grew …

resulting in many new and unique stamps!

This post is linked to the “Nurture Store” Play Academy #12

Pop on over and see what others are playing at this week!


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26 Responses to “DIY stamps”

  1. avatar MeeGenius says:

    This is a great idea! Very creative!

    ::: Thank you Mee Genius! :) :)

  2. avatar Jackie says:

    awesome ideas to build your own stamps! I love how you create the stamp, then create art with the stamp.

    ::: Thanks Jackie. Our children are pretty awesome aren’t they?! :) :)


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  4. avatar Scott says:

    Simply wonderful. Tried to think of something witty to say, but your post left me speechless. I want to stamp with those wonderful stamps.

    ::: Oh don’t worry Scott, we have that effect on lots of people!! … hee … hee! :) :)

  5. avatar Rachelle says:

    Sherry and Donna, you’ve gone and done it again! So what will it take to convince you to open a nursery school in California, Palo Alto to be specific? Are the foam pieces cast-offs from a recycling center? The beauty in them is that they’re so easy for the children to stick things to — fabulous!

    ::: California here we come … we WISH Rachelle!! :) But seriously the sticky foam did come from our favourite recycling center “Reverse Art Truck” as does all our cool junk!! :) :)
    http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2010/09/reverse-art-truck-a-bag-ladies-dream/

  6. avatar denise says:

    These are lovely!
    Did you happen to see the beautiful stamps created with plasticine by Filth Wizardry? http://www.filthwizardry.com/2010/09/plasticine-stamp-printing.html

    ::: YES Denise we most certainly did, in fact we followed this activity up with the children creating their own plasticine stamps on Wednesday and will post about it next week! :) :)

  7. avatar Sheri says:

    How cool! I can’t wait to try this with my grand daughter and my friend’s little boy–who loves to stamp! Thanks for posting. :)

    ::: Thank you for visiting Sheri! :) :)

  8. avatar Deanna says:

    You are my kindergarten idols and I am inspired each time I check out your website! My children benefit so much for your posts – please keep sharing! I love it!!!

    ::: Well thank you very much Deanna! We’re so happy to hear you enjoy what we do. :) :)

  9. avatar jenny says:

    Stop, I can’t keep up. Not enough weeks in the term!

    ::: Tell us about it Jen … Just eight weeks to go!!! :) :)

  10. avatar Miss Jojo says:

    We started making our own stamps this week but you have given me more food for thought…..as usual :)

    ::: So glad we could help Jo. :) :)


  11. Brilliant fun. Thanks for the idea. So simple!

    ::: You’re very welcome Kirrily. :) :)

  12. avatar Julie says:

    Wonderful inspiration. Can’t wait to try this!

    ::: Have fun with it Julie! :) :)


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  14. avatar Louise says:

    Another great idea – so simple, so open – the possibilities that the children see are always so much more interesting than any adult directed art project would be. :)

    ::: We couldn’t agree more Louise. They blow us away every single day! :) :)


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  16. I love that you have an invention table. Thanks so much for shairng this great idea with us at the Play Academy – my girls would love to try this out.

    ::: Cathy it is probably the most important and popular inside area we have! :) :)


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    That just gave me so many ideas! My kid gets bored in vacations, this should cover a couple of days at least. Thanks :)


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