I’ve been trying to come up with fun holiday crafts for my kids to do while at home instead of watching cartoons and there are a ton of ideas on Pinterest and other sites. The problem lies in the execution. I am not too artistic of a person as it is, and combined with trying to wrangle a 3 year old and a 1 year old, let’s just say our family isn’t going to be displaying beautiful paper mache turkeys and elaborate works of art. Issue number 2 is the clean up, I refuse to give my kids an activity that takes longer to clean up than the time they were actually entertained by it. I’ve found a few toddler friendly and easy todo/clean crafts and games that my kids are really enjoying. This one is a potato stamp. Very low cost, and with a large supply of paper it will keep your kids entertained for a very long time. I found washable finger paint and a packet of construction paper at Dollar Tree.
Materials used were:
One medium size potato
Washable finger paint
I cut the potato into sections about 1 ½ to 2 inches thick and carved a pumpkin face on the first one and cut out the inside part of the features. You can get as fancy and elaborate as your talent allows, this this is the beauty of this project, most of us should be able to cut a couple of triangles and a mouth size hole into a potato
I scooped a spoonful of paint onto the plate and let my 3 year ‘daughter go to town “stamping” her Jack-O-Lantern on paper while I helped my 1 year old (mostly to keep him from eating it).
You can make 3-4 stamps out of each potato and cut shapes to fit almost any holiday (like christmas trees or easter bunnies) or just shapes your kids like for example hearts, stars, letters, smiley faces etc.