Preschool Activities and Printables

Geometric Potato Stamp Giftwrap

 

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A classic kid’s printing technique is to use potatoes to make stamps!  Repeat the process over and over and create a fancy geometric wrapping paper!

 

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You’ll need

  • A potato (or sweet potato)
  • A sharp knife and cutting board
  • A roll of paper (see tips)
  • Acrylic paint

 

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First, choose a shape.  If you’re a first timer at cutting a potato stamp (like I was!), I recommend trying a simple shape.  For cutting the actual stamp, I checked out a lot of blogs and tutorials, but I found this one from Noe Place Like Home especially helpful!  Follow along with her steps, and cut your potato stamp.  (That part is obviously for mom or dad, NOT  kiddos!)

 

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Once your stamp is ready, you can roll out your paper .  If you need to, weigh down the corners so it doesn’t roll up!

 

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The triangles became an easy-to-follow pattern on our paper.  Littler artists might end up going a “random” route, instead of following a pattern, and that will look good too!

 

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Switch colors when you’re good and done with the first color.  Keep on stampin’!  Roll out more paper if your crew gets really into it!  Let it dry, then wrap up a gift!

 

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Tips

 

In this case, investing in a slightly more expensive roll of paper might be worth it!  We printed on a roll of Japanese paper made of mulberry fiber.  The paper is lightweight, smooth on one side and has a texture on the reverse.  It’s a favorite of printmakers, so this printing project is the perfect time to try it out!

 

If you don’t feel like getting to your art supply store to pick some up, definitely try this project on whatever you’ve got around – regular paper, the insides of paper grocery bags, or even newsprint

 

Be creative with your color choices.  In this case, I interpreted holiday colors pretty liberally, and I love how it turned out!  Moving away from red and green will open up a lot of possibilities, and is a great way to wrap a gift if you’re not sure which holidays the recipient celebrates.

 

 

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Susan

I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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