We always have lots of painting activities on our ‘to do’ list and I was pleased to finally get around to doing this one, cardboard shape stamps. It’s not a new activity, in fact Mama, Papa, Bubba inspired me with this post, but it was one I knew little Possum (2.5 years) would have a great time doing.
Recommended age : 2.5 years
(I always recommend active supervision on all my activities)
Cardboard shape stamps
You will need –
- Cardboard tubes
We love to recycle whatever we can and so reusing some of the toilet rolls and turning them into painting stamps was going to be perfect for this activity. You could easily keep them circular in shape, however, I chose to mould them with my hands into various basic shapes. This added an extra educational dimension to this activity and would help boost her knowledge of shapes and colours.
Setting up this activity is very easy. I decided to do it outdoors as it was a nice enough day to do so.
Before we began painting with our shape stamps we talked about colours and what else we knew that had those colours. Possum is becoming quite good at recognising colours because we talk about it whenever we can.
Possum couldn’t wait to get into painting with the cardboard stamps. I demonstrated to her how to stamp (rather than brushing like a paint brush) and she took to it very quickly and with a massive smile on her face.
With each stamp we talked about what colours was being used and what shapes she had in her hand. I would also casually highlight the basic characteristics of each shape, such as the sides and corners.
This is a fun activity for all ages!
By offering a variety of colours, we found that some of them began to mix together. This activity opened up a great opportunity to talk about how colours can mix together to make completely different and new colours.
This type of activity would really be great in creating some beautiful wrapping paper!
It wasn’t long before we had made pages and pages of beautifully stamped pieces of art! Possum loved this activity so much and was very proud of all that she created. This certainly was an activity that held her interest for a very long time and taught her more about colours and shapes.
Would your child enjoy stamping with cardboard tubing?