Sponge Stamps Art

Skills developed

Simple shapes, mixing colour – primary and secondary colours, pattern, size

Equipement and material

  • Scissors
  • a sponge
  • Acrylic paint (start with primary colours only), plastic tray big enough for mixing colours
  • A few sheets of paper/card to print on

Prepare the sponge stamp

1.Cut your sponge into smaller pieces to create a variety of shapes.

Aim for basic two dimensional shapes (rectangle, triangle,square…), try various sizes of each shape e.g. Small, medium and large triangles,  small and large rectangles.

Educational opportunity: At this stage encourage children to name the shapes and discuss any similarities or differences in shape or size.

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2.Dip your stamps in acrylic paint. Make sure the bottom of each shape is covered with paint evenly before printing onto your paper.

Let children experiment with creating patterns. Discuss how they could create a bigger picture using their shapes.

Educational tip: Encourage them to talk about their artwork, ask questions about the shapes and colours used.Let their imagination run wild while describing what they see in the picture.

You can also work on enhancing your children imagination by making a story about the picture as they work. Start them off with one sentence aand get children to continue the story e.g.:  ” On a cold windy day in the land far away, there was an old abandoned windmill. It was said to be haunted…..”

Playing with mixing colours and patterns

3. Using the clean shapes, mix 2 primary colours (blue and yellow, yellow and red, red and blue) to obtain  secondary colours (green, orange, purple).

Continue experimenting with patterns to create more complex pictures

Learn to be tidy and avoid wasting resources.

4. Clean your shape stamps (and your hands) in warm water with a washing up liquid to reuse them for a new picture.

The sponges can now be stored away ready to be used again