The kids and I wanted to try out carving stamps. Instead of investing in expensive carving material, we bought a six pack of erasers from the dollar store.
They turned out great!
Here’s how to make your own hand-carved eraser stamps:
First, have your children draw a few simple pictures on paper. With a regular size eraser, you’re not going to have a lot of room for fine carving, so the fewer lines in your design, the better.
Have them choose their favorite design, and then draw it directly onto their eraser. (Use a pencil and you can correct mistakes.)
Then carefully carve around the lines of your picture to make a stamp. Keep in mind that everything you carve away won’t show up. Everything you leave uncarved will pick up ink and make your image.
We used a few carving tools we had, and a couple of pocket knives. I instructed the kids on how to always stroke away from themselves and their fingers. And I never left them alone with the sharp tools. They were very careful and responsible once they knew what the dangers were.
Lastly, press your stamps on an ink pad and see how they turned out!