These are DIY Foam stamps that I made for my daughter. Toddlers will enjoy this activity while learning shapes and patterns. I used inexpensive unfinished wood blocks that are available in craft stores. I did not paint the block because I wanted her to touch and feel the grain of the wood.
I cut foam and glued them to the wood blocks.
If you want intricate patterns but do not want to cut them yourself, look for pre-cut foam stickers.
We also made an ink pad for the stamps. We diluted paint and soaked a sponge in it and then used it as an ink pad. A new dish washing sponge would do.
This was followed by hours of fun time. 🙂
made one stamp with math symbols. 😉
One stamp was used for learning numbers. She enjoyed touching and feeling the foam squares (sensorial experience).
Then we tried patterns.
While doing the chevron pattern, we drew the pattern on the block using pencil like shown below (control of error). You can also draw using a marker to help kids identify the block easily.
We tried cascading squares.
We made a cut out in the shape of a heart.
Placed it on another sheet of paper and stamped on it. we made sure we went over the edges a little.
Pretty stamped heart.