Wooden stamps

July 20, 2017

Hammering into wood – create imprints & practise tool skills.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: 3+

Duration: less than an hour

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: any

Tags: dexterity, face, hammer, print, stamp, tinker, tools

Category: tool use & traditional crafts


This is a great activity for children to get the feel of how a hammer works, and to assess risk – making sure their fingers are at a safe distance from the impact area.
We use stumpy hammers because children can find full-sized ones difficult to control.


Cut wooden counters or short poles. Take a look at our sawing activities to help with this.
Alternatively you can buy wooden counters from the Muddy Faces shop.

six wooden counters

Collect some hard items that can be used to make imprints in the wood.
Items need to be hard and it is likely that they will become misshapen once hammered so avoid anything of value.
We used screws, nails, bolts, washers and a couple of eyelet rivets.

a hammer, some wooden counters and a collection of screws, bolts and washers

Step 1

Place the wooden counter on a firm hard base.

Place the item you want to do an imprint of onto the counter.

holding a screw on top of a wooden counter

Step 2

Hit the object firmly with the hammer.

This is a great way for individuals to get the feel of how a hammer works and to work out if their fingers are at a safe distance from the impact area.

hitting a screw on a wooden counter with a hammer

Periodically check how far you are hammering the object in – if you hammer it too much the item may get stuck, making it difficult to remove.

screw hammered into a wooden counter

Some items we hammered in intentionally to get stuck – the eyelets were great for this.

owl face stamped into a wooden counter


Some examples of different objects we used and the imprints they make.

Nail imprint

nail imprint in a wooden counter

Bolt imprint

bolt imprint in a wooden counter

Screw imprint

screw imprint in a wooden counter