Creating Silly Scenes with Home-made Stamps

Create Silly Scenes with Homemade Stamps_ My Little Bookcase

Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen is one of our favourite books of the year. It features 6 bird species causing mayhem in unlikely environments. Pelicans are at the airport, jacanas are in a shoe shop and stilts are dancing a ballet on stage. Read more in our review of Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen.

Children's Book Review of Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen

Narelle Oliver used linocuts to create her illustrations for this book. While, I wasn’t quite sure that Cam was ready for linocut, we were keen to play with some printing and create some silly scenes of our own.

This was a simple activity, but we shared lots of laughs as we created silly scenes and created stories from them.

You will need:

Silly Stamping Scene supplies inspired by Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen

  • Large bottle top lids (I had lots of lids from vitamin jars, which were perfect)
  • Self-adhesive foam in animal shapes
  • Black ink (you could also use black paint)
  • A pile of magazines
  • Scissors

How to create your home-made stamps and silly scenes:

1. Make your stamps. Simply stick your foam shapes onto the tops of the bottle lids

Silly Stamping Scenes inspired by Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen

Home made stamps_My Little Bookcase

2. Flick through magazines and cut out some of your favourite human environments as scenes.

Silly Stamping Scenes inspired by Don't Let a spoonbill in the Kitchen

3. Dip your stamps into the ink

4. Find silly spots in the environments to print the animals

Silly Stamping Scenes inspired by Don't Let a Spoonbill in the kitchen

Here are some of the silly scenes that Cam created with her homemade animal stamps.

Stamping Silly scenes_inspired by Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen

Silly Stamping Scenes_ Inspired by Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen

Silly Stamping Scenes_ Inspired by Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen

Silly Stamping Scenes_ Inspired by Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen

Silly Stamping Scenes_ Inspired by Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen

Now that we’ve given home-made stamp printing a try, soon we’d like to take one step closer to lino-cut printing by engraving styrofoam to create printing blocks. We saw this idea in Time to Create by Christie Burnett. You can take a sneak peek of this activity at Nurture Store.

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Creating Silly Scenes with Home-made Stamps

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  1. What a great idea! Such fun – Sharon popping by from Kid’s Co-op

  2. This is such a fun and creative idea! Really great for encouraging imagination!

  3. This is such a cute and fun idea. Dino Boy really finds situations like these funny at the moment, so anything where it ‘shouldn’t be’ has him cracking up – he would love this, and it would make a lovely kid made book too :-)

  4. This is too cute! I agree with Kelly that it would make a brilliant child-made story book too! :)

  5. This is just amazing, fabulous, wonderful! I love it and can’t wait ’till my son is a bit older so I can do it with him.

  6. How cute & clever are those stamps.
    The croc scene is classic lol

  7. This is one of the most inspired things I have seen all year. You are so creative and I love that this fabulous activity is linked to a book that my children love. Can’t wait to try this!

  8. I love Cam’s scenes – they are awesome, what a great activity!

    And thank you so, so much for the mention of Time to Create :)

  9. Such fun scenes. I can imagine lots of laughs would have been enjoyed while coming up with these creative pieces.

  10. Such a simple and fun activity. My kids love stamping, I’m sure they would love it even more with cute DIY stamps! Great recycling project too, pinning :-)

  11. What a clever idea! We’ve been playing around with DIY stamps at our place too – the possibilities are endless….. :)

  12. Really loving this, what a great way to recycle old magazines and extend on story telling.

  13. This is such a creative idea…I love the idea of scenes from magazines and those dIy animal stamps are just to cute Jackie!

  14. This looks really fun Jackie. My little man would be giggling and giggling.

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  16. That’s a really fun idea Jackie. Great literacy activity that I’d use in the classroom. Pinning to remember for future.

  17. This is nothing short of brilliant!

  18. What a fabulous idea! Love the stamps – those foam animals are so cute! And love the idea of them doing strange things in human environments… makes me want to read that book! As always a really wonderful activity! :) Thanks for sharing! x

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