A while ago I saw another Mummy Blogger (sorry I can’t remember where!) using potatoes to stamp easter egg shapes and I thought it was genius. I am always on the look out for activities to do with Monkey and while I had been meaning to do potato stamping with him at some point this was the push I needed to do it and thought they would make lovely easter cards.
So I cut some potatoes in half and had some fun cutting shapes into them. As well as just lines and zigzags I decided to use some of the tiny shaped cutters we have and cut some hearts, stars and diamonds into them too.
Monkey was dead excited by them, and he loves painting in all its forms. so it started ok. Initially we dabbed the potatoes in the paint and then stamped them onto the paper, but there was too much paint on them so they just sort of glooped onto the paper :/
To be honest though, the best results were the ones I did. Monkey wasn’t a big fan of using a different brush for each paint colour so they got all mixed up (not a problem but not great for the patterns I had envisaged ;)) and when he was stamping them he was stamping them all on top of each other so we didn’t really get the egg shapes I had hoped for unless I was directing him.
I often see these great ideas with fab results and I get excited to try them … but in actual fact I enjoy it when Monkey is a bit more free to play. When he can be a bit creative and unrestrained by what I think he should do, if that makes sense? So I very quickly left him to it. At which point he completely gave up on the potatoes and was happy just stamping with a couple of the sponge brushes… and I actually love the spotty pictures he made.
I am sure there would be kids who would love being methodical and making the nice shapes but Money prefers to just go at it with the paint at the moment! Part of me wonders why I bother with structured activities, but I suppose one day he will want to do it and I won’t know when that day is unless I keep trying.
We persisted with making them into cards so I cut out the best egg shapes and he stuck them onto the card.
We then used some Happy Easter stickers my Mum had given us and oila, lovely Easter Cards for the grandparents
So we got there in the end and he is great with sticking things in place but I guess with painting he isn’t ready to be methodical about it just yet! He had a a lot of fun with all of it though so I guess that is the main thing!
Is your little one methodical? Or more random with their paintings and crafts like Monkey at the moment?