My access to the internet has been very limited so I have not been able to post as regularly as usual. Things should hopefully be back to normal next week.
Sweet Pea is 47 months old.
From: I was trying to think of a way for Sweet Pea to put her name on the back of a bunch of cards for her class, when I remembered this cute name stamp idea from Fun With Mama (via Teach Preschool’s Tumblr blog).
- 1 or 2 Craft Sticks.
- Foam Letters. (It works better if they are not self-adhesive.)
- Glue. (I love these glue dots.)
- Jumbo washable stamp pad. (It needs as big as the craft stick.)
- Select the letters that are in your tot’s name and then flip the letters over so they are upside down. Glue the upside down letters to the craft stick. (This part is critical to prevent the letters from reading backwards when you stamp the paper.)
The letters right side up:
Upside down and glued to the craft stick:
- Show your tot how to press the craft stick firmly on the stamp pad and then press it on the paper.
- Allow your tot to admire his or her stamped name.
Observations: Sweet Pea was thrilled to be able to stamp her own name on the cards. This was a lot of fun for her and she stamped all 24 of the cards without a break.
Sweet Pea can recognize her name, but not quite write it yet, so she was very excited to be able to put her name on the card. This project required a bit of set up and was messy, but I would recommend it for preschoolers who are starting to recognize what their name looks like in print.
Notes from the Trenches: I had to break the ends off of my craft stick stamper because the stamp pad I bought wasn’t large enough. My craft stick wouldn’t fit in the plastic holder. I did see another set of big stamp pads at Oriental Trading Company, but they only come in a set of 6. I don’t know if they are large enough.
I will repeat that this activity is very messy. Sweet Pea got ink all over herself so make sure the stamp pad is the “washable” kind for kids.
Rating: 2 Stars * (Fun, Easy)