This project is great to do near the holiday season: parents love to use these to package their gifts with a handmade flair.
Age Level: 2.5 and up
- Eye-hand coordination
- Introduction to stamping
- Cooperation and sharing
- Tempera paint
- Objects to use for stamping: we used two types of potato mashers and lego type blocks
- Paper plates to use as palettes
- Cardboard boxes: ours are 4” x 6” when folded, approx 18 x 24 when opened flat
- Extra paper in case kids want to keep stamping
- Stickers to be used as name tags
- Place two or three coordinating colors on a paper plate, one plate per every two children. Having two children share one palette encourages sharing and cooperation. We used teal, silver, and gold paints: the metallic color adds a festive touch.
- Create a name tag on the stickers for each student to put on their project. We do this so we don’t have to worry about writing the student’s name on the project and potentially smearing it. This way, we can pass by and quickly add a sticker to the project without interrupting the artist at work.
- Place stamping objects on tray.
- Create a sample projects.
Show the students a completed sample project. Explain that they will be stamping onto an unfolded box that they can then use to give a gift to someone special when it is dry. Show them how the box will start out flat, and then will be folded into a box.
Demonstrate dipping an object into paint and stamping onto the box. Show them that they can create different patterns by using different objects. Before stamping with the lego, ask them what shape they think it will make. Stamp with it and then show them the result so they can see if their guess was correct.
Have the class assistant place the tray with stamping objects on the supply table and have the children walk over to select one tool to start with.
While the children are doing this, place the boxes and paper plate palettes on the table. When they return, they can start stamping. Tell them they can stand up if that is easier – often times that allows them greater success in stamping.
After the children have made a few stamps, encourage them to trade tools with their neighbor so they can try making some new patterns on their boxes.
When the children have finished, place the boxes to dry, and if time allows, provide paper for the children to keep stamping if they wish.
These take a little while to dry and can go home the next class session.