There is very little to prepare for this craft. Just get your paint out and either dip your cork directly into the paint or of course you could also use a paintbrush to apply the paint onto the cork.
I found it helpful to have a cork assigned to each color my daughter was using. You could also just wipe the cork on a kitchen roll or something to clean it a bit, before using it for a different color.
After putting the paint onto the cork print it on a paper or in my cause we printed it on paper plates. Feel free to let your imagination go wild. Make a pattern or just print the cork all over the surface.
Step 3: (optional)
Since Easter is drawing near I chose to make some Easter baskets to hand out as presents. This is why we printed the corks onto paper plates and not paper. Once the paint is dry, cut into the paper plates four times and stick the sides together – I found the glue gun very helpful. Now you can add a handle and some decorations and your Easter basket is complete.
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Potato printing can be a bit tricky, since the painted potato can be quite slick. I would recommend using this painting method with children +4. My two-year-old daughter really enjoyed it, but made a bit of a mess, rather than a clear picture. But all that matters is that she had fun!
Cut the potatoes in half. Then choose the cookie cutter shapes you would like to print on your paper and press one into each potato half. Using the knife, cut into the potato around the cookie cutter (about 5mm into the potato) and then lift the extra potato you just cut off. (This sounds very complicated, so if you are confused, take a look at the photo I made) You now have created your own potato stamps.
Either dip the potato stamps into the paint directly or using the paintbrush paint it on. I would recommend using the paintbrush, since else there’s too much paint on the potato to make a nice print.
You can make a pretty pattern or a whole picture, depending on what you want to do with your completed artwork.
Since I needed some birthday cards, I used the potato printing pattern as a base for my card. I cut out the part of the pattern that I liked best and stuck it on some colored paper. To give the card a 3D effect you can cut out some of the remaining potato prints and stick them over the others using double sided foam adhesive sticky pads.
Let your creativity go wild, and enjoy the challenge of everything is possible when you use potatoes ;)
Being a kindergarten teacher I come across loads of different painting techniques. I thought it might be helpful to share some of my favorites with you to either do yourself or make with your child on a rainy day.
What I love most about this first painting technique I want to introduce to you, is that most probably you will have everything you need at home and can do this any time you feel the need for some fun creative time or your child needs some entertainment or stimulating.
In addition this painting technique is an excellent sensory activity, it is relaxing and fun. It supports your sense of touch, creating patterns and promotes creativity. My daughter found great joy in just making lots of swirls, dipping her whole hand in paint and experimenting with the colors.
Another great pro to this technique is, it is not messy at all and cleaning up only takes a few moments.
- plastic wrap
- white paper
- paper plate
any items you need to then create your craft (scissors, glue, colored paper…)
Take the tray and wrap plastic wrap a few times around the whole thing, covering everything. Don’t worry about wrinkles in the plastic wrap. These give the print some nice structure, so the wrapping around doesn’t need to be perfect.
I found the easiest approach to this painting technique was putting the colors you’d like to use on a paper plate, that way if they get mixed it doesn’t matter. Now you can begin. Dip your finger in the colors of your choice and paint patterns and pictures on the tray. Make sure you keep going and don’t take too long breaks, so the paint stays wet for the print.
When you are satisfied with the amount of paint, the pattern or picture you drew on the tray, take your piece of paper and print it on the pattern you made. You just made your own picture print.
Now you can start over again and create as many different prints as you like.
Step 4 is optional
If you chose to make patterns instead of drawing a picture, you will have a bunch of papers with nice patterns printed on them. You could now use these papers as a base for a craft. My craft suggestion is a snowman, since it is winter here where I live.
If you’d like to make a similar snowman:
I cut out 3 circles sizes 14cm, 12cm and 10cm. Then I cut out a hat, carrot nose, arms and using a circle punch I made the eyes and mouth. For a special effect I chose real buttons to go on the body of the snowman.
Glue it all together and there you go, your snowman is done in no time!