The many benefits of participating in arts and crafts have been touted by child development psychologists everywhere. Arts and crafts help with developing a child’s creativity among other things. If you’re a parent who’s wary about creating and cleaning up a mess, however, you should introduce your child to the imaginative yet simple art of stamping.
Stamping is one of the easiest and most accessible
Mode of Self-expression
Especially for the children who are not naturally inclined to draw or paint, stamping creates an avenue with which the child can create a picture by arranging shapes.
Improving Motor Skills and Hand-eye Coordination
The act of pressing down, creating shapes and then aligning them to create a pattern or a scene will help develop a child’s arm muscles as well as spatial awareness.
Stamping creates visual shapes, whether they be a letter, number or an image. They all help improve a child’s visual processing abilities; even more so if inks of various colours are used. Since stamping allows children to create these images on their own, they will also learn a great sense of self-sufficiency.
This is one of the most common stamps available for children. You can find it in two options: self-inking or as a rubber template. Rubber stamps usually leave an aesthetically-pleasing wood-cut impression upon paper.
Craft punches or paper punches
Craft punches are a regular staple in stationery shops nowadays. Instead of painstakingly cutting out shapes with scissors for your child, you can now hand your child a craft punch and watch them have fun churning out paper snowflake after paper snowflake.
Sponge or Foam
Sponge and foam stamps provide the most learning benefit for pre-schoolers because they get to feel the shape of the stamp as well as observe its visual impression on paper.
Melissa and Doug Farm Animal Stamp Set
This stamp set from Melissa and Doug will definitely rouse your child’s interest and imagination regarding farm life. Presented in a wooden box, this set consists of a set of rubber stamps of baby farm animals, including a sheep, rabbit, duck, cow, chicken, goat, pig, and a horse. With a stamping pad containing 4 ink colours, your child can create farm scenes to his or her own liking.
Djeco Stamp Set - Enchanting Foliage
This stamp set from French company Djeco is guaranteed to delight your child’s inner artist. With 14 stamps designs of foliage and animals and 3 stamp pads of various colours, your child can design his or her own agrarian landscape, or use one of the provided templates.