We love stamp pads. We stamp designs. We stamp letters. We stamp our fingers and our whole hands. Here's what we did recently with stamp pads and letter stamps.
One of the reasons I teach through free exploration is that each child can be successful in whatever he chooses. This is a great example. One child stamps random letters. One child stamps her initials. One stamps his name. One stamps his name and another word (plus a few experimental letters). And one stamps a sentence.
Kids seem to love stamp pads - but one thing I don't like about them is the clean-up, especially from hands. Even "washable" stamp pads leave colored hands for at least a day.
But we bought these large stamp pads from Discount School Supply. I just thought the large size would be an asset. But these wash completely from the kids' hands. Definitely now a favorite!