What to do with this activity?
Carve a shape into a medium sized potato and you can make a great stamp. Paint the raised image with child-suitable poster paint . Then let your child enjoy printing that shape onto paper over and over.
Have a look at this video to see how easily you can make stamps using small cookie cutters in different shapes. Or you can draw a simple shape onto the cut potato and carve around it. Show your child how careful you must be when using a knife.
You can use other vegetables to make interesting shapes - have a look at this short video here.
Make cards or pictures combining the stamped images with a bit of drawing. For instance, for St. Patrick's Day draw a simple u-shaped bowl and fill it with shamrock stamps, or at Christmas make a Christmas tree shape and make a forest.
Learning to write should be fun. It’s important that children know that writing is a fun and useful. By fitting it into everyday activities, like drawing, writing notes and birthday cards children will get used to holding a pencil and learning to write properly.
Encourage your child to write and draw - on outdoor walls with chalk or in the sand at the beach. Give them picture mazes or puzzles to fill out – join the dot puzzles are great for their hand eye coordination.
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