Enjoy the art of rubber stamping with your child. It is a craft that is simple enough for children as young as age 2. The handle or groove provided on the majority of rubber stamps makes this a fun and exciting project for young hands. Your child will enjoy using the stamps just like Mom when creating such things as greeting cards, place mats, scrap booking pages and refrigerator art.
1Cover a flat work surface with newspaper. Place several sheets of plain paper, ink pad and rubber stamps on the newspaper.
2Explain that the side with the raised picture is the side she will press into the ink pad. Open the ink pad and show your child how to press the stamp into the ink pad.
3Remove the rubber stamp from the ink pad. Show your child the bottom of the stamp so she can see that the raised lines look shiny. Model the process of pressing the rubber stamp onto a piece of paper.
4Ask your child to select a rubber stamp, open the ink pad and ink the design on the rubber stamp. Help your child sit the rubber stamp on the ink pad so it is level. Ask your child to press the rubber stamp into the ink pad with the palm of her hand.
5Instruct your child to pick up the rubber stamp by the handle or back portion of the stamp. Help her position the rubber stamp on a piece of paper, pressing the palm of her hand on the back of the rubber stamp to create the image. Ask your child to pick up the stamp from the surface of the paper to see the design.
6Allow your child to experiment with the rubber stamps until she feels comfortable with the stamping process. Lend a helping hand when needed.
- Washable ink is advisable when working with children to help prevent stained fingers.
EditThings You'll Need
- Plain paper
- Rubber stampsInk pad