We want kids to eat their vegetables and fruits, but sometimes they may not finish all of their servings.
Stamp projects using leftover produce and paint are a fun way to use up table scrap waste. You may not feel as good as if they would have actually eaten their veggies, but perhaps won’t feel as bad as if they were just thrown out.
The parts of produce that are not used for cooking can make great stamps. The ends of celery stalks, onions or cabbages for instance, can be dipped in paints to make flowers or other fascinating shapes.
Fresh carrot tops make good circles or polka dots, and uneaten broccoli florets can add texture to paintings.
Parents.com has put together a list of stamp decorating ideas. Their compilation features fun things to do like creating pepper stamped pillows, speckled gift wrap with ears of corn and moon shapes made from the ends of celery dipped in paint.
Cookie cutters can be used to make desired shapes from vegetables like potatoes. This makes great use of ones that may have been forgotten about in the pantry and have begun to lose their crispness. With just paint, potatoes and reusable materials from around the house endless ideas for stamp art can be discovered.
Children can also customize their stamps. Adults can help carve out initials or favorite shapes for a personalized application. For a tutorial on making potato stamps and stencils watch the video post from Make It Mine Magazine:
Also, Aunt Annie’s Crafts provides an easy to follow instructional for how to make stencils and stamps from potatoes.
Vegetable stamp art shows children that reusing can be fun.
Perhaps don’t mention the project until after dinnertime, though, as not to deter kids from eating their veggies and wanting to skip ahead to the food play!
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