Potato Printing is one of the most simple, open-ended and playful printing techniques perfect for little hands. You can make anything from Christmas stockings, wrapping paper or wall hangings with this fun printing activity.
- Small potatoes and a knife
- Packing paper and cardboard
- Tempera paint
- Tray or paper plate
- Tissue paper
- Glue stick
- Painter’s tape
- Yarn or wire
Step 1: Cut your potatoes
Cut a potato in half and carefully etch your desired shape into it. You can use a pencil or cookie cutter to draw on your shape first.
Cut away around the outside of the potato to reveal the shape which should be about 1/2 inch deep, let dry for 5min.
Step 2: Print
Show each step of the printmaking process before printing. Pour some paint into a tray, one for each child. To avoid too many colors turning into brown limit your colors to one or two choices.
Set out your precut potato and invite each child to choose one stamp. Dip your potato stamp into the paint and move it around. For a more even look use a paintbrush to paint your stamp. You can also use a paper towel to wipe off any excess paint on the sides.
Encourage children to use different potato stamps. Older children could arrange their prints into patterns and rows. Remind them to put the potato stamp they’re done using back to the others before taking a new one.
Step 3: Add a hanger
Glue your paper onto sturdy cardboard. Embellish with some tissue papers. Tape a hanger to the back, hole punch the bottom and add beads on wire to string through the holes. Voilà!