What You Need:
- Raw potatoes in various sizes
- Acrylic paints
- Card stock or construction paper; or large drawing paper and paper trimmer
- Paring knife
- Cookie cutters (Optional)
- Small bowls
- Glitter (Optional)
- Ribbon (Optional)
What You Do:
- Cut the potatoes in half and dry any moisture off the raw sides with a paper towel.
- Carve a heart shape out of the raw side of the potato. An easy way to do this is to etch the outline of a heart onto the potato with a pencil tip, then cut away the outer edges of the potato.
- Ask your child to pour different colored paints into small bowls. Green, orange, and white suit the occasion because they represent the colors of Ireland.
- Now have your child dip the raw side of the potato into the paint and scrape off any excess paint back into the bowl.
- Invite him to stamp away on the paper and show him that four hearts stamped together form a shamrock! If he wants, he can sprinkle glitter over the paint to jazz things up. Note: Stamping on small surfaces can be a little tricky for younger kids, so try giving him a large piece of paper and larger potato to work with.
- Once the stamped images have dried, ask him how he wants to crop the picture down to greeting card size. A simple paper trimmer can be used to turn one piece of paper into multiple cards, each with their own design!
- Encourage him to practice his writing skills by jotting down a simple sentiment inside the card and signing his name.
- Tie a ribbon around the middle fold of the card for a more finished look.
Urge him to use these potato stamps to decorate all sorts of things besides cards; try posters, wrapping paper, and lunch bags, too.