DIY Name Stamp

by Kim

This idea actually started at Valentine’s Day. Our 3 year old (foster son) wanted to write his name on all of the cards for his class, like our 4 year old was doing. The problem is that he cannot write. We are working on it, but that time was not the right time to sit with two preschool aged boys as they wrote out 16 cards each (while keeping the 2 year old occupied and the baby entertained).

So I grabbed a block that had put away because of a choking hazard to the baby and made a stamp for the 3 year old to put his name on the cards. This became so popular that I had to make one for everyone. Here is how I did one for Charley (my 2 year old). Grab a block, any kind will do. You will also need a pencil and puffy paint.

Write your child’s name on the block, but remember to do it backwards.

This is what happens when you aren’t giving your craft your full attention. I honestly didn’t even notice how wrong it was until she went to stamp. Duh!

So now it should look like this.

Grab your ink pad and let your child start stamping their name away.

This stamp is great for those of you that gave your child a uncommon name or a unique spelling, like I did. I am never going to find anything that has “Charley” on it in the stores, especially geared for a girl. Now she has a stamp with her name and her spelling.

Obviously this is great for name recognition. It works well for phonics and letter recognition, too. And what kid doesn’t love to stamp?


Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.