Every now and then even with the best planning and the best storage…a little mushrooms slips through the gaps. Or you take the leaves off the lettuce and it’s too cold to schlep outside to the compost heap. Or your mandarin that looks so inviting is hard on the inside. All of these happened to us on Tuesday morning so we tried our hand at some fruit and veggie stamping to make some placemats for the dinner table. It might surprise you that as an ex teacher I’m not the all-inspiring art and craft type. I kind of am, but I kind of also don’t like making heaps of mess. Thankfully this is a contained art and craft activity that even a non ubercreative can do with little fuss and little cleanup.
If you’ve got fussy kids I recommend this activity as it forces them to at least make contact with things they aren’t sure of. Who knows, maybe they will be more willing to taste it next time. Before you start stamping, encourage the kids to smell, lick and feel the fruit and veggies. If your kids are fussy, serving the same things you have stamped with at the next meal – fresh ones obviously- would be a good move!
It’s a great conversation starter too, talking about the colours of the fruit and veggies and then the colours they are dipped in, talking about frequency they occur on the page, what shapes they are and what they can be used to make. Talking about the textures, smells and how the veggies grown was a fun part of the activity for us. Miss 4 tried to make a fairy garden with her stamping.
It was a simple activity that occupied Miss 4 for a good hour. She loved dipping the fruits and veggies in the paint and stamping them on the page. She also enjoyed combining shapes to make a caterpillar, tree and a flower. We are going to laminate the final product to use as our dinner time placemats. This should give us another talking point as we can discuss them at the table!
- assorted fruit and veggies eg. lettuce, mushrooms, mandarin segments, carrots, broccoli
- spices with unusual shapes eg. star anise, cinnamon sticks,
- scraps eg. stalks of grapes, carrot tops,
- paint tray with holes large enough to accommodate the different shapes and sizes.
- Prepare the fruit and veggies.
- fill the paint trays