Cardboard shape stamping

Here is a simple stamping activity the kids will have heaps of fun with!  I tried this out one week when we were exploring the theme of ‘houses’ in the Little Picasso class (2-5 year olds). Older children can enjoy the challenge of creating pictures with their shapes, while the younger ones can get throughly engrossed in this great process, stamping to their heart’s delight.

What you need

  • Cardboard, cut into various shapes
  • Corks (or something else a similar size to use as a handle eg. a thick cardboard tube cut into pieces)
  • Paint (I recommend a washable acrylic for young kids).
  • Hot glue gun
  • A3 cartridge paper


  • Using a hot glue gun, attach the corks to one side of the cardboard pieces – these are the handles for the stamps.
  • Now, simply place some paint onto a flat tray (like an ice-cream container lid), dip the cardboard shape in the paint and stamp away! Plastic cups can also be dipped to create circle shapes. Older kids can try to create pictures with the shapes – try a house or tractor! Younger kids can just enjoy the fun of stamping, creating wonderful abstract artworks!

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