Here’s another activity from Nancy! My 3 year-old will love doing this. Potatoes- check. Paint and shape cutters- need to get those. Thanks Nancy for posting! Your daughter’s masterpiece looks fantastic!
Making potato stampers is such a fun activity! Stamping is a favorite with many young children since it requires less dexterity than using a paint brush, they can just grim the potato and stamp away! It’s so much fun to stamp over and over and over again! This is a classic activity that most daycares or kindergarten classes do, it’s that much fun!
You can make a learning day surrounding this activity. Sing “One potato, two potato, three potato, four”. Borrow a few books from the library, some suggestions: “One potato: a counting book of potato prints” by author Diana Pomeroy or “Potatoes on Tuesday” by author Dee Lillegard. Or play with a Mr. Potato Head doll if you have one!
Materials: Small potatoes, paint, paint container, paper, cutting board, knife, shape cutters (optional) and something to protect your workspace (I use a plastic tablecloth).
Cost: A few dollars for potatoes & paint.
▪ Cut each potato in two.
▪ Use each shape cutter to imprint into one piece of potato.
▪ Cut away the outside of the potato leaving only the shape.
▪ You can also free hand some shapes with the knife.
▪ Dip your ‘stampers’ into the paint and create some great art!
Tips: You can keep the potato stampers for up to 1 week in the refrigerator! Just wash them off and pat them dry, then place them in a zip-lock type bag. Take them out 30 minutes before you re-use them.