The toddler twosome have been getting a little bored of building with their foam blocks so i was about to put them away for awhile when i thought perhaps they might be fun to do some paint stamping with!
The blocks have many different surfaces that can make different shapes depending on how they are held and stamped. We found a nice shady spot under a tree....set up our paint tray on the spool table and got straight into stamping some colourful shapes!
There was a lot of investigating going on too...if you press harder the print comes out darker, the paint soaks into the foam and the blocks feel squishy with the paint on them.
This activity also provided many opportunities for language as we talked about the different shapes they were making on the paper and the colours they were using.....
There was so much practice for toddler fine motor skills as they pressed harder into the sponge pads to get more paint and then stamped onto to the paper to make the shape prints!
Ruby of course had to have a little taste as she always does. She likes to use the stamp pads (just kitchen sponges in a tray with paint soaked in) as it means she doesn't have to have her hands messy with paint for the entire time of the activity as she does become a little stressed after a while if her hands remain caked in paint.
As usual with our paint activities though i always keep a tub of water and some washers and towels close by so the girls can wash their hands as they want to...saves trips to the bathroom and i don't get stressed when Ruby wants to keep cleaning her hands!
I was really pleased with how long this activity kept the girls busy...they enjoyed recognising and talking about the different shapes they were making and the bright colours made a beautiful picture!
A fun shape and colour recognition game which was also fantastic practice for their developing fine motor skills and a challenge for Ruby's sensory sensitivities...this one goes into the stash to do again soon!
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If your interested in some more toddler painting ideas with shapes just click on the photos below to visit some of the circle painting activities we have had fun with!
What other fun do your children have with shapes and paint?
Hope you have had a great start to the week!