Potatoes Aren’t Only For Eating

Children love painting at the best of times. It is such an amazing creative outlet that seems to bring their imaginations alive and I have a wonderful collection of my children’s paintings that I will treasure forever (full disclosure, there are a lot I have binned in the process too).

Not wanting to go with the usual painting routine this, very rainy, afternoon, I decided to bring in another element: potatoes. Now, I know that potatoes aren’t the most conventional tools for painting but they make for a fun sensory experience and the process of smearing on the paint and stamping it on the paper is wonderful for fine motor skills too.

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This is a really easy craft to do with your little ones, all you need is:
• Potatoes (however many you like; you can get two stamps from each potato)
• Playdough or cookie cutters
• A sharp knife
• Paint and paper
• A drop sheet or newspaper to protect your floor

When I explained to my girls what we were doing they had all sorts of ideas about what shapes they wanted cut out of their potatoes. I am not going to lie, I was terrified! Cutting a straight chip out of a potato was difficult enough, let alone a heart, butterfly or flower. And let’s not beat around the bush, most of our chips come ready cut in a bag anyway.

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I then had the genius idea (even if I do say so myself) of using the girl’s playdough cutters to press into the potatoes and then simply cut the excess away. This would leave a perfect shape with minimal effort, everybody was a winner.

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I started off cutting each potato in half and then each half became a stamp with one shape cut out. Once all of our shapes had been cut out the girls got to work applying their paint and stamping the shapes onto the paper.

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There was a lot of stamping, smearing and mixing of colours. However along with all of that, there was also a lot of fun.

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Once the novelty of stamping the potatoes wore off, the girls started smearing them on their sheets as well as using their fingers. It was a great big mess but in the end we had a wonderful collection of stamped and smeared paintings.

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