Healthy Habits - Fruit & Veggie Stamps

Hi, I’m Missy. A guest blogger for PBS KIDS Utah. I’m an artist. One of my favorite mediums is printmaking. I love carving block prints and making gelli plate monoprints. I love stamping and inking. There’s just something about a repeating pattern or the repetitive nature of printing, that is soothing.

Have you ever seen an orange cut in half and noticed its intricate beauty? What about an apple or even an onion? Fruits and veggies are not only healthy and delicious, they make really neat stamps! And what better way to get your kids exploring some new fruits and veggies than through stamp making? Make sure to set some of each fruit and vegetable aside so everyone can have a taste before the stamp making begins!

Extension activity: Go shopping with your kids and encourage them to pick out the fruits and vegetables for this activity. It will get them excited about trying a new food and about creating fun artwork!

Supplies:

  • A few different fruits/veggies (I used an apple, a Mandarin Orange, a shallot and a bell pepper)
  • A knife for the adult to use
  • A cutting board
  • Stamp pads or acrylic craft paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Paper plate (for a palette)
  • Paper towels

Instructions:

  1. With a knife, have an adult make a clean, even cut through each fruit/veggie “around the equator.” Set the juicier ones cut side down on a paper towel to soak up excess moisture.
  2. Dab the fruit/veggie on the stamp pad to soak up ink. Or, paint a thin layer of craft paint onto the fruit/veggie using the foam paint brush.
  3. Now press the inked/painted side onto the paper. If you stamp a second time without reloading the ink/paint, this is called a “ghost print.” Sometimes the ghost prints are better than the first prints.
  4. Try different colors and patterns with each fruit/veggie. Some will work better with a stamp pad, some will be better with craft paint. Experiment. Have fun.
  5. Clean up after you are finished and let your prints dry.

You can create beautiful repeating patterns to use as wrapping paper or wall art. If you make just a few stamps across a page, you can use a marker to give each print eyes, mouths, legs, etc and turn them into funny creatures! These might even be a good gift for Dad for Father’s Day!

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