You know how much I love spending time with my kids. One of our favorite activities is doing arts and crafts. Our friends from Pepper Manila suggested stamping and provided us with some stamping ideas and stamping tools:
Stamping is the process of making designs on paper (or another medium) by pressing an inked, raised surface on it. We use it all the time when marking documents (“RECEIVED”) or as an easy way to get our signature on something. But stamps are decorative, too. Grade school teachers have stars and “Very Good” stamps on hand all the time to encourage students.
These rollers make stamping statements on your letters and postcards even easier. PhP 100.
Stamping is something that you and your kids are overly familiar with. So why not turn it into a fun activity that is both entertaining and educational? It is an easy yet ultimately fun activity for families who wish to spend their time together without spending much.
Get a sheet of kraft paper and have the kids stamp repeating patterns. You won’t only be making personalized wrapping paper, you’ll also be teaching them order and repetition (or at least proper spacing).Or using individual letter stamps, have them spell out their names and make their own name stamps. Use it to mark their books and other school stuff.
You can also do a creative stamp challenge. Place all your stamps in a box and have the kids draw five pieces each. The challenge is to come up with a creative design based on a chosen topic (robots, Disney characters) using only those stamps.
Stamping yields different end-products that you and your kids will surely love. So bring out your notebooks, fabric wallets, wooden magnets, and start stamping designs on them to personalize your favorite stuff.
Stamping doesn’t only give you a unique opportunity to bond with your kids but also provides an avenue to nurture their artistry and unleash their creativity. They will be challenged to think of ways to add color and design to usual stuff, making them learn to blend colors, mix and match shapes and appreciate even the smallest details.
These 1.5 inch heart stamps with floral patterns add a decorative touch to any note or scrapbook page. PhP 90 for a set of 4.
This hobby need not be expensive. Sure you need to buy stamps and ink and paper supplies, but (1) you’ll be making stuff that you can actually use (if you do it right) and (2) they’re really not that expensive. Craft shops and online stores like peppermanila.com offer inexpensive hobby supplies that won’t cost you your kids’ tuition. Fifteen pesos gets you a pattern stamp that you could use to turn a simple fabric to a nice placemat. Or you can splurge and get a few hundred pesos worth of letter and roller stamps.
It’ll take all your willpower not to buy them all. But keep in mind: this is for the kids.