Drawing and coloring is a whole lot of fun, but why don’t you switch it up at home with stamps? Stamps combine the best aspects of painting and use up half of the effort. You can allow your kid to explore a different medium, and they can experiment with how they can make cohesive pictures out of stamped images. They’ll also learn that the ink from the stamp or ink from the pad goes onto the rubber stamp bottom to create a pre-printed image, so it’s like a very early lesson in printing.
We rounded up the best assorted stamps for kids. Assortments give kids plenty of different stamps to play with, instead of the same heart stamp over and over again. Our stamp sets either come on wooden blocks or they’re pre-filled individual stamps encased in BPA-free plastic. We picked one set that has a whopping 26 options, which range from cupcakes to suns, so your child can get really creative. Our other two picks are a little more specialized and dive deep into two specific topics.
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1. Melissa & Doug Wooden Favorite Things Stamp Set
With this comprehensive set, you get 26 wooden stamps, ranging from stars to pandas. You won’t have to buy your ink separately, though. This set comes with a four-color stamp pad, which uses washable ink, and five colored pencils. Everything is neatly stored in a wooden box, otherwise you’d be finding random stamps around your home for the next 10 years. It’s designed for kids ages four and up.
2. Kicko Dinosaur Stampers
If your little one can’t get enough of dinosaurs, they’ll love this stamp set. Made for kids ages five and up, this set includes 12 dino stampers, including a Stegosaurus and Velociraptor. There are only six unique dinosaur stamps. The other six are doubles. They come in a variety of bright colors, which will appeal to your kids. Safe and non-toxic, this set also makes for a great birthday party favor.
3. TINYMILLS 12 Pcs Outer Space Stamp Kit for Kids
If your kid has astral aspirations, they’ll enjoy playing around with this stamp set. Within the set, there’s a space shuttle stamp, a shooting star, the sun and much more. These stamps are so detailed that you’ll be able to see Saturn’s rings up-close-and-personal. BPA-free and non-toxic, these stamps are safe for your children. You won’t need to purchase a separate ink pad, because these all come pre-inked.