Monday, May 16, 2011

Potato stamps

This is another simple activity that creates a lot of fun for toddlers. Cut a variety of shapes and patterns into a small raw potato, give them a shallow dish of acrylic paint (with a paint soaked dish sponge to press the stamp into), or you can cheaply buy big paint stamp pads from most newsagents or art supply shops.

After experimenting with repetition and what shapes they can make, you can also encourage children to create scenes, objects, or images using simple geometric shapes (for example triangles and squares can look like houses or buildings, or robots using squares, circles and rectangles). 
Once the paint has dried, children can also work into their stamped images with other materials (pens, textas, crayons etc). 

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