If your child hasn’t already tried this, then get them onto potato stamping and printing. It’s very easy and makes great use of those potatoes that somehow become forgotten at the back of the pantry. The paper they stamp on can put on on display or made into gorgeous home painted wrapping paper. Gorgeous!
I’m sure we have all reached for the paint brush when it comes to our children painting, but for something a little different is getting children to paint and stamp with potatoes. It’s so easy to cut various shapes into the potato and have your child experiment.
Recommended age: 2 years +
(Active supervision is required at all times)
You will need –
- Chopping board
- Brush (optional)
Potato stamping and printing
Set up is very easy and you can use whatever hard vegetable you like. Sweet potato and your common white starchy potato are ideal. With a knife, carefully etch your shape into one half of the potato and carefully, very carefully, cut away the excess potato to reveal it’s shape. We have used the above stamp to make some beautiful Mother’s Day wrapping paper. Check it out here.
Don’t be afraid to have your child simply use one half of the potato and paint with that. Sometimes we can get too caught up in making things difficult for ourselves, which is crazy as the simple approach is often just as fun.
Making wrapping paper or a decorative print
Wrapping paper always feels like a waste of money to me. With all the birthdays our family and friends have, especially now that Possum (aged 5 years) is at school and around more children, we are wrapping lots of gifts. I love the impact that personalised wrapping paper gives and it’s also better for the environment.
We love potato stamping and printing together using paint. It’s so much fun and easy for children, even when they are really little. There is no right or wrong when it comes to stamping with potatoes, it’s just creative fun. Hopefully you find some time to let your child give this a go.
Has your child tried potato stamping?
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