In honor of the holiday that is just around the corner – you know, the one with the horseshoes, leprechauns, and gold – we spent the day painting loads of shamrocks! This activity made us use our imaginations to find circular household objects that could be repurposed as a stamp. My toddler and I ran around the house looking for these small art tools and we found…
- Bottle caps
- Q – Tips
- Water bottles
- Wine Corks
You can certainly hot glue three of each object together to form a “pre-made” stamp, or you can just press your circles down on paper three times in the shape of a shamrock. I chose to hot glue the three wine corks together to make it easier for my toddler to paint with.
Then, we brushed green paint onto each one of our stamps and went to it! This was a really good activity to do for St. Patrick’s Day but it also helped to teach my toddler shapes and the orientation of objects (up vs down)! It’s always fun to incorporate new techniques into your toddler’s everyday life. What better way to encourage out of the box thinking?
Note: We tried to use the bottom of both a water bottle and a soda bottle thinking that it already had a leaf type of pattern to it. We painted three of the extracted portions and let me tell you, it was a total fail! The leaves from the water bottle stamp ended up looking more like a geranium leaf – which was great, but not what we wanted. The soda bottle leaves looked like we had painted half of a star… If you try this at home and it works out for you please share it with us!
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