This project goes hand-in-hand with last week’s project, stamped boxes. Winter themed cards can be used in conjunction with the box to give a gift to for the December holidays or to send New Year’s greetings. When we make these cards, there is glitter everywhere in the studios and everything is festive!
Age Level: 2.5 years and up
- Work on stamping skills
- Fine motor control, especially in sprinkling glitter
- Black construction paper (8.5 x 10”)
- Silver and white paint (gold and/or blue can also be used)
- Cookie cutters in snowflake shapes, various sizes, one per child
- Small sponge pouncers (sometimes called “spouncers”), or q tips if you can’t find them, one per child
- Condiment cups
- Paper plates
- Fold paper in half to make cards
- Place thin layer of paint on paper plates, one per every two students. A thin layer works best for successful stamping – too much paint will result in blobby stamps.
- Arrange cookie cutters and round paintbrushes on trays
- Put glitter in condiment sized cups, again one per every two students. Use a small amount – a little goes a long way, and you can always refill them if needed.
- Write each student’s name on a label so you can easily label their artwork during class time.
- Make sample project.
Show students a sample card and explain they will be making winter themed cards by stamping snowflakes onto black paper. (We often have a stamping station with ink and stampers during the earlier part of the class so the children get the concept of stamping and some practice before we start this project.) Demonstrate dipping a cookie cutter into the silver paint and pressing it onto the paper to create a shape. Also show them how to use a pouncer to create a circle print on their card. Finally demonstrate sprinkling glitter onto the card, and how it sticks to the wet paint.
Place the trays with the cookie cutter and pouncers on the supply table, and direct the students to walk over and select one of each.
While they are doing this, hand out the black paper cards (unfolded and placed so that the children will be stamping on the outside). Then deliver the palettes to the table, placing one between every two children.
Have them start stamping, walking around and helping if needed. This is usually done in one of our caregiver and me classes, so the students can get help from them as well if needed.
Once some children have completed stamping, hand out the cups of glitter and remind them to sprinkle it over the wet paint.
While the students are working, place a nametag on their project.
These cards take time to dry. When dry, fold, and save to give back during the next class session. The kids and parents alike love these projects!