I love the versatile potato, because it is wonderful for simple crafts too!
One of the ways I enjoy using a potato for crafts is to create stamps or prints. You can make these as fancy or simple as you would like. For the preschool crowd, I usually stick to simple shapes and make plenty to share.
The children love painting with potatoes for several reasons:
- You get to play with your food!
- You get to choose what shapes you want to use!
- The potatoes are generally easy to grip for small hands.
- To make a potato stamp, you will need a potato and sharp knife.
- I half or quarter my potatoes, but it depends a lot on the size of your shapes you want to create.
- Carefully, cut out the desired shape. Try to keep the shape flat. If you keep the bottom flat, you will have better quality prints and they will be more consistent.
- Paint or stamp with your shapes. I prefer to add paint to the shape and dab it a few times on a scratch piece of paper first. This will help you get even coverage and a better print.