Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Favorite Things: Stamp Pads

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!


  1. You're right that everyone can stamp successfully whatever their age or stage. Do you ever make your own stamps? Carving from carrots is good as they fit so well in little hands - easier to grip then potatoes.

  2. I haven't made any stamps lately - just used what I had in my stash. I really like the idea of homemade stamps. In fact, on my (really long) list of things to do in the classroom - kid-made stamps - from Sherry and Donna at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning - http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2010/10/diy-stamps/

  3. Ooooooooo..... good to know!! We've been having lots of fun with stamp pads lately too, and would love to get some of these!!