Let kids do some large-scale stamping to get out some energy and use materials differently than they’re used to.
This is what you’ll need:
- Cardboard sheets (raid the recycling bin)
- Old jars or cans (we used Pringles containers)
- Washable tempera paint
- Markers, pencil or crayon
- Hot glue gun
- Large tray or cookie sheet
Step 1 – Prep the Project
Cut the cardboard into dinosaur footprint shapes. Be imaginative—make it big, give it some toes, and you should be good to go.
Step 2 – Make the stamps
Squeeze a generous amount of hot glue onto the end of your can or jar. Press one cardboard footprint shape onto each one to create your stampers.
Connect: Keep the hot glue away from your child, but have your child pass you the footprint shapes as you need them. Count them. Describe their size. Which are bigger? Which are smaller?
Step 3 – Stomp like a dinosaur!
- Give your kids two at a time and have them pretend they are marching like dinosaurs.
- Put the paper on the floor to give your kids bigger, more active fun.
- Let your child explore the materials. It’s OK if they want to use their hands to stamp, or swirl the paint in the tray with their fingers.
- My son wanted to use the footprint as a paintbrush and rub the paint over the entire sheet of paper. His goal was to cover the whole thing. It was great to see him come up with his own idea of how the process should go and how the end result should look.
- Encourage your kids to explore their own creativity.
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