Although we are still solidifying the part where you don't eat crayons or color on the walls, I wanted to try a new skill this week. I decided to introduce the concept of stamping!
I bought some very inexpensive Christmas Sweet Treat Stampers from Oriental Trading Company. For about $5, I scored a set of six stamps for each kid. Then I drew a nifty little gingerbread house for us to use our stamps on. With Christmas around the corner, making Stamped Gingerbread Houses seemed quite appropriate!
With ink in the mix, I waited until my friend Beth could help me with the project. The two of us worked with the kids on how stamps go up-and-down instead of side-to-side like crayons. It was understandably a little confusing since it was a new skill, but they seemed to catch on quickly and enjoy it! (and I was sure grateful for backup in case the stamping got out of hand!)
Beth helping Caleb learn how to stamp
After awhile, we started doing a little chant, "on the paper!" every time they tried to stamp. The ink seemed to be traveling a little bit, and encouraging the stamping on the paper seemed to help them remember what they were supposed to do. They also thought it was fun to say that every time they added a new piece of candy to their house. Hey, if turning it into a game is helpful, I'm all for it!
I also liked that the stamps were all self-contained. Since they each had a lid, the kids practiced snapping them on and off every time they picked up a new stamp. Hopefully dried out stamps and markers can be avoided in our future!
Clockwise from left:: Elijah, Caleb, Abby, Beth, and Ellie
At the end of our project, we ended up with gingerbread houses that looked....well, not much like gingerbread houses. Lol! But the kids had a blast stamping candy canes and wrapped candies all over their houses and exploring how stamps work. I'd call it a resounding success and proudly display them for guests to see!
Stamped Gingerbread Houses
I will add this: Make sure your stamps are washable. Even if they don't put as much in their mouths anymore, ink seemed to travel to their faces anyway. (Thankfully, the ink from our stamps ended up coming off pretty easily!)
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