So as regular readers will know I’m on a bit of a quest at the moment to find some activities for toddlers to do with my one year old. She’s suddenly at that age where she wants to do ‘stuff’ but neither of us are quite sure what that ‘stuff’ is yet! Because toddlers are notorious for having short attention spans I like to use cheap or recycled materials where I can, bottle top crafts are perfect for this as it means I get an extra use out of all the bottles of milk she goes through! These DIY stamps are super simple to make and are a great way to help with fine motor skills too.
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Bottle tops (from milk bottles, squash, water etc)
Foam stickers like these ones
How to make your DIY Stamps
Because I’m a great believer in activities that are easy to set up I used foam stickers that could be stuck straight onto the backs of the bottle tops. I used a couple of different types of stickers and also left some without. I think it’s nice to have a variety of colours here too if you can.
My daughter is a great fan of painting (lets not talk about finding the dining chair legs painted a few weeks back) but given bottle tops rather than a brush she did sit there and look at me, obviously questioning my sanity. I showed her with one stamp how to use it and she was away. The great thing about this bottle top craft is that as well as the obvious foam stamp they can also use the circle side of the bottle top to paint with, any plain bottle tops and your kid can also just have fun getting a bit messy. Hands and fingers will also be included so do keep some baby wipes handy, yes, that is a baby wipe you can see in the background!
This is a great activity for helping your little one explore painting with new materials, using their fine motor skills and of course having fun!
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