Monday, March 24, 2014

Pencil Eraser Stamping: Making Fruit Trees

Pencil eraser stamping is so quick to prepare and so easy to manage that we always have it out on our art shelf, using it, aside for fine motor skills practice and free-form art on blank paper; as extra activity for other lessons like colors and shapes (stamping on a pre-cut circle, square, triangle, etc.).

Once, I also used it as art day activity for letter sound /a/--we stamped red circles on a printed tree template and we said we were making apples which start with /a/. I remembered doing that apple tree activity when I saw Sugar Aunts' Cherry Blossom Tree Craft with Fine Motor Work. Using wooden clothespins as tree trunks was ingenious, yes, so I thought of making our own apple, orange, and guava trees that way.

- Paint in red, orange, and green
-Wooden clothespins
- Green construction paper cut in circles
- Unsharpened pencils (one for each color) with nice unused erasers on the end--this is what we'll use for this work
- Newsprint
- Apron

Make sure to test the consistency of the paint--we don't want them watery and runny so they would make nice circles when we stamp.

 Check to make sure that the circles are just right for the clothespin. Too big a circle might make the clothespin topple over each time.

Wooden clothespin and unsharpened pencils with unused erasers (I recommend using normal-sized pencils, instead of the jumbo ones, so the children can practice)

Just let the children have a go at stamping, using one color at a time to make one tree at a time. I'd usually tell the children to make sure that there is some space between their fruits so we can see them better. I also tell them to count up to 5 when they stamp so that their pencil erasers will stay on the paper long enough to make a good impression.

When the paint dries, the children can clip the clothespins to the green circles to make the trunks. This is also good fine motor practice.

Our apple, orange, and guava trees!

We can extend this activity by linking it to phonetic letter sounds /a/ for apple, /o/ for orange, /g/ for guava.

If the child is ready, he/she can also write /a/, /o/, and /g/ around the fruits--this they also loved to do! I like how the children usually try their best to control their writing strokes around the "fruit" so this also becomes a nice practice for making smaller, more controlled letters--before or as we move on to using lined paper for writing.

/o/ for oranges

/a/ for apples

/g/ for guavas

Made me want to go out for a picnic!

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  1. very creative... something that I can do with Ifemi.. he is 2 so his fine motor it is not that great yet. But will modify a bit because of the mess.

    1. I'd love to see how you do it with Ifemi so if you can share, that would be great! :) Thank you!

  2. Yay, something my little girl will enjoy! She likes playing with paint and sometimes we run out of ideas what to do next! Thanks for this!

    1. Hope you both have fun having a go at this, Jhanis! :)

  3. This is super cute!!! My son will be intrigued by this. Very happy idea <3 Thank you, Mars!

    1. Thank you, Toni! I hope Timmy enjoys this! :)

      P.S. I'm such a fan of Wifely Steps (I should get in line as there are so many)!

  4. What a great idea! It reminds me of something similar I used to do with my students... they would wrap a square of tissue paper around the eraser end of a pencil, dip it in glue, and press it onto a piece of paper. It was a nice way to make 3 dimensional "flowers" and "leaves."

    1. Thank you, Anne! :) I can imagine how pretty those would be! :)