The Younger was getting frustrated when we would do activities with stamping or sponge painting. It was hard for her little fingers to grasp onto the stamps, and a lot times she would drop the sponges into the paints or wasn’t able to control them to paint how she wanted to on the paper. She was getting to the point of refusing to use sponges or stamps anymore, so I tried to come up with a way to decrease her frustration level and bring the joy back to our painting activities.
I took a few days and collected a bunch of plastic bottle tops from gallons of milk, soda, and water bottles.
Then I pulled out some of our sponges and a few foam cutouts.
I glued the sponges and the foam cutouts onto the top part of the bottle tops, let them dry overnight, and voila! They became easy-to-hold stamps and sponges for The Younger to play with.
I gave her some paint and some paper, and she had an absolute ball. There was no frustration, and she was so proud of how nicely her creations turned out!
I found this worked really well, and it helped her focus on other things like colors and shapes rather than the difficulty of manipulating the tool she was using to paint/stamp with. Nothing like increasing the learning and decreasing frustration, right?