You can never go wrong with playdough or recycling, so making these DIY playdough stamps require a bit of effort but result in serious fun!
When I originally decided to start homeschooling, almost a year ago, I knew I was going to have to make use of anything I could at home. Paper towels and toilet rolls, as well as, milk bottle/ carton tops, are the most versatile things one can use.
My kids had fun collecting them and within a few weeks, we had a bag full of both. So, sitting with this collection of rolls and bottle tops and a bunch of Pinterest ideas I still wasn’t happy with how to use them.
A week or so after collecting these things, I needed to go out and buy a glue gun for a different project and that’s when the idea hit me… I could turn all these recyclables into playdough stamps!
What did we make?
The boys had collected enough paper towel rolls to make “rolling pin” stamps and enough bottle tops to make the full lowercase alphabet, shapes, pictures, numbers and dots until 20.
These are a fun addition to your playdough “boxes”, and even your math or literacy centers. You can use the alphabet for teaching phonics or spelling and the numbers for counting or sums.
I usually separate them into their own groups and then each kid has an activity. They can then alternate and it keeps them busy for a good amount of time.
One thing to remember when making these, is you have to work back to front, I tried to show you in the image above. I also used a marker to write on the inside so you can see if it was lying upside down, definitely easier for the kids to find the number/letter they’re looking for.
Using these DIY Playdough Stamps has been really awesome in our lives and I hope you will make use of the idea and enjoy it too!