Let some of nature's most perfect works of art bring out the designer in your little one.
This is a relaxing activity to do at a shady picnic table on a warm summer afternoon.
What You'll Need
- An assortment of fruit Apples, and various citrus fruits work well, but dont be afraid to experiment.
- Poster paints
- Paper plates
- Paper suitable for printing
- Slice fruit in half -- apples can be sliced either top-to-bottom, or right through the middle (exposing the star-like shape); citrus fruit woks best when sliced crosswise to expose the segments of fruit
- Pour a small amount of poster paint on each paper plate, spread it evenly over the bottom of the plate. You want a thick film, but not a pool.
Press the cut side of the fruit into the paint, lift and press firmly, like a stamp, onto the paper. To get a clear print, be careful not to squish or wiggle the fruit around as you press.
Depending on age and inspiration, the results of this project can be wildly colorful different fruits in many different colors or subtle and soothing simple patterns of a single fruit in one or two colors.
TIP: When done on large poster paper or a paper bag, fruit prints make a fun and original gift wrap or gift bag.
A close cousin of fruit printing, potato printing requires a little more help from a grown-up or older child.
You'll need a large potato, cut in half. Press the open surface onto a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Using a marker, draw a shape on the flat portion of the potato, and then scrape or cut away all the potato except the shape. You may want to start with a very simple shape a diamond, heart or star.
Use the same technique as with the fruit press into the paint, and then print. See how many ways you can combine just a few shapes and colors.