All you need is a potato to create beautiful art! If you’re looking for a fun yet safe DIY activity for small kids and toddlers, then this potato stamp activity is a great choice. All you need is to make these potato stamps for your children to use so that they can create their own art and develop their creativity.
If you have older kids then you could let them carve their own stamps but adult supervision is still advised. There’s an endless amount of shapes that they can create so this part would let them tap into their creative side.
Also, even if you don’t let them carve the potatoes that is still fine. Why? The essence of this activity lies in creating an artwork, a painting that is, that makes use of potato stamps dipped in various colors.
Now, let’s begin the activity and don’t forget to have fun!
- Slicing knife (for adults only) or any carving tools you have on hand
- Mixing Palette ( a paper plate or scratch paper would do)
- Non-toxic paint (poster paint is fine)
- Bond paper or any scratch paper
Carve out the Stamps
Welcome to our potato stamps guide. The first thing that you should do is get a knife and medium-sized potato.
Then begin cutting the potato in half. You could try to cut in the middle or a bit further.
The goal cut flat shaped potatoes that is easy to carve.
Continue slicing the potato until you have a few pieces to make various shapes of stamps.
Carve out a shape out of one of the potato parts. In this example, a potato triangle was made. Yours could be anything you want!
There are so many ways you can carve a shape out of a potato. Here are some examples of various shapes you can make by just using a knife.
Learn how to stamp using potatoes | The dipping method
Alright, time to start stamping! You've got your potato stamps ready so what you need now is to stamp it on paper. Get your paper plate or any mixing palette and pour some paint over it. Spread the paint to the palette so it could cover the whole potato stamp.
Gently press the potato stamp into the small puddle of paint on the paper plate. Make sure you got all sides covered.
In this case, the triangle-shaped stamp was used. Hold it on the sides and be careful not to drop it.
Then gently press the potato stamp on top of the paper. Press evenly. And let it stay there for a bit a few seconds.
Lift the stamp out of the paper. There you have it after - a blue triangle.
Alternative potato stamp idea: painting over the potatoes
Instead of pouring paint on top of the paper plate and then dipping the potato on it, paint it on the side, so all stamp surfaces are fully covered. The potato star stamp and orange paint were chosen for this example.
Completely paint the star with orange paint.
Then press the painted side of the stamp on a piece of paper. Apply pressure evenly.
Do the same for the rest of the shapes. You are free to choose what color and shapes you want.
Congratulations, this are one of the way you can do potato stamp with kids. Which method do you prefer, the first or the second one? Don't forget to check out some of our other guides for kids!
- Try to create abstract art or a scenery. Stamping here and there is fine but the potential of creating a wonderful piece of art is great! It'll take a lot of imagination and creativity but you'll get there.
- Older kids can use a knife though they should be taught first how to properly hold a knife! Safety is important. If you want toddlers to learn how to cut a knife, then this is a good activity. You can let small kids use a Montessori knife if you want them to learn at an early young age.
- One cool thing you could do is to have multiple colors in one stamp. For example, you could have a triangle-shaped stamp that is yellow on one side and red on the other.