Encourage creative expression by sharing the art of stamping with youngsters. Even very young children can readily grasp the art of stamping with fruits and vegetables. Use washable craft paint for dipping a variety of different produce and experiment with different stamping designs on paper. You may be surprised at the interesting patterns and designs your child can make with produce from your own fruit bowl or refrigerator.
Things You'll Need
- Vegetables (carrots, potatoes or cucumbers)
- Fruits (apples, star fruit or pears)
- Cutting board
- Utility knife
- Washable craft paint
- Small paper plates
- Small bowl
- Paper towels
- Paint brush
Create the vegetable stamps. Cut the carrots in half or in thirds so that you have circle stamps. Cut the cucumbers in half. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and then create designs on the flat sides of the cut potatoes.
Cut out the relief shape of a circle, a square, a diamond or a star by making small cuts with the knife to remove the outer portion of the potato, leaving a center portion in the desired shape. Make the center portion stand out by cutting away about a 1/2-inch-layer of potato around the edges.
Create the fruit stamps. Cut an apple in half, width-wise across the center. Cut a pear or a star fruit in the same fashion.
Pour small circles of paint onto the small paper plates. Use a separate paper plate for each paint color.
Place the paper on a flat work area for stamping. Set the paper plates near the paper and place the vegetable and fruit stamps near the work area. Fill the small bowl with water for washing the stamps and place several paper towels nearby for cleaning up.
Dip the end of the fruit or vegetable into a paint color and press the end of the stamp firmly onto the paper. Alternatively, apply the paint to the stamps with a paintbrush.
Wash the ends of the fruits and vegetables in the water and dry the stamps with paper towels to avoid mixing paint colors.
Continue stamping designs on the paper, using each vegetable and fruit stamp in the paint colors, until you are finished creating your design.
Tips & Warnings
- Use this activity to explore shapes such as circles, ovals and stars.
- Encourage the child to use a variety of stamps and colors to create simple pictures.
- Even with nontoxic paint, monitor children and discourage them from putting colorful, but paint-covered, produce in their mouths.
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