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Potato Stamps- pictures and cards

Make your own stamps out of potatoes! You’ve got a couple options for how to do this. The easiest way is to use small cookie cutters (think Christmas cookies). You cut the potato in half, then press a cookie cutter down into the potato, as far as it will go. Use a knife to cut away all the potato around the cookie cutter (leave the cookie cutter in the potato until you’re done). When you’ve sliced away all the excess, pull the cookie cutter out, and you’ll have your stamp!

The harder way to do it is to cut a shape into the potato. Use a knife with a pointy tip, and use the tip to draw the shape. Next, cut the shape into the potato using only the tip of the knife, by pushing the tip in and out. Cut at least a 1/4 inch down, and a little deeper if you can. Once your shape is outlined, carefully cut away the excess potato from around your shape. This method allows for unique shapes that you don’t have in cookie cutter form.

Once your potato stamp is finished, you can either use a brush to put the paint onto the stamp, or you can squeeze some paint onto a flat surface and press the stamp in (the way you would press a real stamp into an ink pad). Now you’re ready to stamp!

Go Further:

-Use your stamps to make cards (we made the ones above for valentine cards)

-Make letter stamps, number stamps, or shape stamps to practice recognition skills

-Practice color recognition by using shades of one color in your stamp picture

Color Block Cards

Create this kind of card by using masking tape to tape a border around the card (it actually helps to tape it down to the table). Then take a thin piece of tape and place it down the center, and do the same across the card, to create four blocks.

Using a separate piece of paper, outline letters or shapes and have your child color them in. Then cut them out and glue them into the squares on the card.

If you use colors that contrast enough, you don’t need to have a dark outline around the letters/ shapes. It’ll give it a great different look.

Helpful Hint: Use masking tape that’s cheap, so that it doesn’t stick too much to the card. And when you take the tape off, do it slowly and gentle so that it doesn’t rip off part of the card.