hello initial stamping projects!

Here’s a project that combines pre-reading skills and stamping. Letting kids create prints with plastic cookie cutters and foam letters gives them a fun and low-pressure way to reinforce their letter recognition skills. Kids this age love anything with their own names or initials and always enjoy this project.fine art classes for children

Age Level: 2.5 – 5 years


  • Learning about stamping/printmaking
  • Learning color mixing
  • Learning and reinforcing and letter recognition and pre-reading skills


  • Plastic letter cookie cutters
  • Foam letters
  • White 8.5 x 11” paper
  • Tempera paints in coordinating colors (we used orange, yellow and red for this project)
  • Paper plates

Teacher Preparation:

  • Put paint on paper plates in a thin layer for stamping (one per every 2 students)
  • Place all letters on large tray or lay out on supply table
  • Create 1-2 labels with each child’s name to put on the back of their artwork to label

the messy artist studio for kidsProcedures:

Explain to the students that they will be making art with special shapes today: letters! Everyone has a special letter that their name starts with called an initial.

Show the students how they will be dipping a letter into the paint and pushing it onto the paper – no rubbing or moving – and then lifting it straight off.       Hold up the paper with the stamp that has been created to show them.

Have the kids go to the supply table to pick out one of two letters to start with (depending upon your supply) and to look for their initial. We have a teacher there to help any kids that need some in finding their initial.

art project lesson plan for kidsWhile the kids are selecting letters, place paper at each child’s seat and put a paper plate with paint between each two students

As they start stamping, ask the students to notice how the paint is mixing together to create new colors.

art project lesson plan for childrenOnce the page is mostly full of letters, encourage the children to start a new page so the prints don’t get too muddy.

art parties for kids morris county nj best art classes for toddlers new jerseyThese will take some time to dry, so we send them home the next week.


Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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