It has been FREAKING FREEZING here in Utah. We are talking negative numbers people. FREEZING. Gigi has literally been running in circles around the house, and our biggest activity as of late has been picking up, “Mommy’s drink” from the gas station drive-thru.
I’ve been trying to come up with activities for Gigi that require very little set-up and very little money. So we invited Cole and Hawk over for some potato stamping. Then we asked if they could bring the potatoes. I’m a REAL class act.
The kiddos LOVED getting their stamp on. Cole (age 4) was able to really get the idea of the “stamp” and tried to make the shape. Gigi (age 2.5) just tried to use as much paint as humanly possible, which is why I kept her in her jammies, and Hawk (age 1) was able to paint with the stamp and really enjoyed it.
My tips for successful potato stamps
1. Cut your potato in half, and then draw your design with a pen into the potato.
2. With a paring knife, cut around the shape. Make sure the cut down at least an inch. This makes for a clearer stamp. Clear the excess pieces of potato.
3. Test the stamp and make the needed adjustments to the shape with your paring knife.
4. If working with kids, cover the entire table with freezer paper. It’s inexpensive and the paint does not bleed through.
5. Use non-toxic acrylic paint unless you can figure out a way to get your 2-year-old NOT to eat it.
Good luck! I think we will make some Valentine’s for our friends using some new stamps!