This toilet paper roll stamp art is a fun creative painting activity we’ve had on the website for many years. Kids love the messy sensory fun of painting with a toilet paper roll. Therapy providers love using the recycled materials in building skills like bilateral coordination, motor planning, and more!
toilet paper roll stamp
Therapy materials are expensive, so using items that you typically throw away are wonderful! That’s where this toilet paper roll stamp comes into play. All you need are a few toilet paper rolls or paper towel tubes and some foam stickers to get started.
How to make a toilet paper roll stamp
To use a paper tube into a stamp, you’ll need just a few items:
- Recycled paper tube (toilet paper roll or the inside of a paper towel roll)
- Foam stickers
- Paint brush- this item isn’t necessary unless you want to paint the foam stickers to extend fine motor skill work.
To set up the painting with stamps activity, ask your child to help you stick the foam stickers all around the paper roll. There are so many benefits of playing with stickers and this part of the activity is another skill-builder.
Because when kids position stickers on a paper tube, they are building several motor areas:
- Bilateral coordination to hold the paper tube and to stick the sticker onto the tube with the other hand
- Fine motor precision to position the sticker
- Wrist extension to position the sticker on a vertical or slanted surface
After positioning the stickers onto the paper roll, pour some paint onto scrap paper or in a low tray.
- Show users how to roll the paper tube into the paint. This is a great exercises in graded pressure, or proprioception. If they press too hard, paint covers the whole paper tube. If they don’t press hard enough, paint will not evenly cover the foam stickers. This awareness carries over to pencil pressure when writing.
- Or, paint the foam stickers with a paint brush. This is a great way to work on pencil grasp with extended wrist, which pulls the muscles of the hand and wrist into an optimal position for pencil grasp through a play activity.
- Then, roll the paper tube onto paper. This again supports awareness of proprioception as well as bilateral awareness. If they press too hard, the paint images are squished and you can’t tell what the stamp is. If pressed too lightly, the paint doesn’t transfer to the paper. Using both hands together with equal pressure is a bilateral coordination skill that transfers to functional tasks.
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