Recently, I was gathering some art supplies to do a project with my four year old, Luke, and had an idea. Why not try something different today? I could tell that Luke was in a “messy” mood, and thought paints were the way to go.
But what could we do that would be different from the usual painting activity? Then I remembered something I had seen years ago, but sadly had never tried – vegetable stamping!
I made a potato stamp with a heart, another with a square, and one with a triangle. The potatoes were super easy. I just cut them in half, carved out a shape, and then cut off the excess. Luke was watching with anticipation, excited to start painting.
The stamps proved to be lots of fun, and his favorite was the green pepper that looked like a flower on paper. After some fun with the vegetable stamps, I pulled out our funky brushes and Luke finished his masterpiece.
We’ll definitely be doing this again soon. Next time, celery! Saving the end of a bunch of celery after it’s cut off would make pretty flower stamps. And it would be fun to experiment with fruit, like star fruit or apples.
Vegetable (and fruit stamping) is an engaging way to teach about color mixing, and also a fun activity for little ones to create their own gifts and cards, especially using the hearts and flowers for Valentine’s Day.
Have you tried stamping? What unique shapes have you created? We’d love to hear about it!