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