- Step 1: Group Preparation
If you plan to do sponge stamps and art with a group of children,
be sure to have paper, sponges and plastic lids for each child.
Other tools and materials can be shared.
Cut sheets of construction paper to 9 inch by 6 inch pieces—half of
a 9 inch by 12 inch sheet or
a quarter of a 12 inch by 18 inch sheet. All colors of construction paper work well.
You can cut sponges in half so each child can have one.
- Step 2: Create Pattern for Sponge Stamp
Print these stamp patterns or make a pattern by printing some
or by drawing a design on paper. A simple outline design works best. For smaller stamps, try a star,
a heart, a diamond, or a cross. Animal shapes are good for larger stamps—teddy bear, hippo, or fish.
Cut on the outline around the stamp pattern of your choice.
- Step 3: Trace Pattern
Wet an unused kitchen sponge and wring out as much water as possible. Place the pattern on the
sponge and trace around it with the marker.
- Step 4: Cut Sponge
Using a good pair of scissors, cut the sponge on the trace line.
Kids may need help with this step.
- Step 5: Pour Paint
Pour a small amount of paint into a plastic lid or plastic plate that is larger
than the stamp. The paints can be used straight from the tube or
jar, but the result may be too dark. Thin the paint with white
paint, if needed. Regular stamp pads may be used with the smaller
- Step 6: Make Sponge Art
Wet the sponge stamps with water and wring them out as much as
you can—the sponge just needs to be damp. Dab the stamp up and down
in the paint to spread the paint out in the plastic lid. Spread the
paint to the size of the stamp. With the stamp loaded with
paint, but not dripping wet, press the stamp on the paper with even
pressure. You can use the stamp multiple times without reloading
Tip: Instead of dabbing the stamps into
paint, brush paint directly onto your sponge stamp. You can paint
different parts of the stamp with different colors! This is a good
technique to use when making a small number of impressions with your
stamp or when using multiple colors on one stamp.
Tip: It's a good idea to test your stamp on scrap paper before
using it. If the stamped image is missing parts of the stamp, it
might not have been fully loaded with paint. If the shape isn't
quite right, you can wash the sponge stamp out with water and make
cuts to correct the problems.
- Step 7: Cleanup and Storage
To cleanup, wash your sponge stamps and plastic lids with water and a
little liquid soap. Let them dry before storing. Be sure to dampen the stamps
before using them again.