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Potato Prints

Make stamps perfect for little hands.
 

Learning Benefits

Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Colors
Self-Expression
Vocabulary
Fine Motor Skills

What you need:

  • Potatoes (smaller white potatoes work best) 
  • Knife (adults only!) 
  • Tempera paint 
  • Paper plates 
  • Construction paper (different colors) 
  • Aluminum foil (optional) 

What to do:

  1. Prepare for this activity by cutting potatoes to a size small enough for your child to grasp.
  2. Next, cut away the outside of the potato so that a shape, such as a circle, remains in the middle. Repeat for different shapes. The shapes should be about ½ inch deep.
  3. Pour paint into paper plates for easy dipping. 
  4. Show your child how to dip the potato into the paint and use it to make prints on paper.
  5. As you make prints with your child, discuss the different shapes and colors. 
  6. For an added twist, use foil instead of construction paper for printing. Notice how shiny the foil looks!

Learning benefits:

  • Supports vocabulary development 
  • Enhances small motor skills

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