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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Tuesday- Friday10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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Making Art Together

Make Your Own Foam Stamp

Printmaking is a fun, open-ended process for image-making. Stamping is a kinesthetically satisfying and approachable form of printmaking, so it's a great fit for many of our projects in the Art Studio and at home. In one of our Every Day Art Projects, we offered our guests at The Carle a chance to make their own stamp. You can easily make stamps like we do in the Art Studio

making a stamp

In this project, guests cut shapes out of  2"x2" rectangles of sticky-backed craft foam and then arranging the shapes in a single layer on a small rectangle of polystyrene foam, like the kind that is used in food packaging.


Names and initials were popular designs. E made a one with her initials. I observed as she made and printed it, interested to see her reaction as she peeled back her first print. I thought she might be upset that the E's read backwards, so I approached her and asked what she thought of her print. She was happy with how it turned out, but for her second stamp she wanted to make her entire first name. Together we talked about how to cut and arrange the letters so they would read correctly when stamped.

foam stamp

Some guests chose to leave their stamp behind for others to use. We displayed a selection of them on our front wall to inspire our guests' designs.

stamps made by guests

If you don't have any foam at home you can use interesting or discarded objects as stamps.  Check out Diana's great stamping and printing ideas here and here. You'll also want to visit my post Make Your Own Stamp Pads to learn how easy it is to make stamp pads at home or for an entire classroom.



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



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