Toilet rolls are the perfect size for little hands. With a little bending and creasing you can quickly create new stamp designs for your child to paint with.
If you use a large sheet of paper, their art can double as wrapping paper.
Time: 10 minutes
Age: Any Age
Pour the paint into little containers which are wide enough for a toilet roll stamp to fit. I use old yogurt containers.
Encourage your child to stamp a few toilet rolls in the paint and onto paper.
Use your hands to bend the end of a toilet roll into a heart shape. Pinch the folds to help it keep its shape. If you only do this on one end, the other will remain a circle shape which is easy for little hands to manage.
Bend a toilet roll into a four sided star. Fold the end in half horizontally, pinch the edges. Now open, and fold vertially, and pinch the edges. This will give you a four sided star stamp.
Show your child how to make an eight sided star on the paper by stamping over itself.
I have taken this activity and expanded on it by: Paint over the outside with P.V.A. Glue (water based) while the outside is drying position off cuts of string around the toilet roll .when it is dry and firmly attached .Mixup on a plate a patch of Aryclic paint Roll the toilet roll .before it's dry roll this textured coloured roll on to "butchers Paper " when the paper is covered with different patterns and colours allow to dry and you now have made your personalised wrapping paper And off cuts can be cut up and stuck onto card board for your gift card or a bookmark if you get these book marks laminated they can be an added gift. Lee Hirsh