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June 19, 2024

Stamping Potatoes!


An old favorite that everyone has probably heard of. This is a fun, unique way to get your child excited about paint and stamps.

Here is what you need:

Regular sized Potatoes
Construction Paper
Non-toxic Finger Paint (Tempera Paint or Poster Paints are fine, too)
Disposable/reusable bowls
Old Newspapers
Small sharp knife (to be used by an adult!)

This is what you do:


  • Grab a potato and cut it in half – depending on which way you cut it in half, either to get a long stamp or a small one.
  • With the help of an adult, cut down into the center of the exposed part of the potato and create a simple shape … like a circle. Be sure to cut down at least half an inch deep and not cut it out, though.
  • Then, about half an inch down, cut sideways into the potato to remove the excess that is around the shape you made, thus leaving you a stamp.
  • If you do the opposite on the other half of the potato, you will have a reverse stamp of your shape … cutting out the shape instead of leaving it attached. (You can also get more creative with the use of metal cookie cutters.)
  • Spread out the old news papers all over the area you will be working.
  • Set out your construction paper.
  • Put desired color of paint in bowls.
  • Dip your newly made stamp in paint.
  • Get stamping!
  • You can set your masterpieces on the counters to dry or set up a makeshift clothesline in the kitchen with simple string and hang them with clothespins or tape to dry.

About the Author

Kiera Ashford

Kiera Ashford is the Managing Editor of Cincinnati Family Magazine, and a mother of two.