Potato Stamping Christmas Cards!

Toddler Potato Stamping Christmas Cards
Toddler Potato Stamping Christmas Cards

It’s the time of year to get your Christmas cards sent. We decided to make some this year. I figured for the most toddler participation, potato stamping would be the best option. (I didn’t want to have Sophia only be interested in making one or two cards and all the rest left to me)

Free hand Christmas tree stamp
Free hand Christmas tree stamp

What you will need:

  • A large potato
  • A large knife (to cut the potato in half)
  • A small knife (for carving)
  • Cookie cutters
  • Tempera paints
  • Foam brushes
  • Card stock paper for cards
  • A paper cutter
  • A cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
  • Wet wipes (for easy clean up)

First cut your potato in half. Then cut out designs as wanted. I wanted to use cookie cutters on both but the tree cookie cutter I have was too big for the potato, so I ended free handing it.

When using a cookie cutter press it in to your potato half about a quarter inch. Then take your knife and cut away the potato to the cookie cutters edges.

Use a cookie cutter to cut out the stamp
Use a cookie cutter to cut out the stamp

Cut the card stock paper in half to a desirable size card. We decided we wanted our cards to fold open with a stamp on the outside and a stamp on the inside.

Ready for Potato Stamping Christmas Cards
Ready for Potato Stamping Christmas Cards

Put some tempera paint on your stamp with a foam brush. You don’t want to put the paint on too thickly or it will just smear.

TIP: Practice a few stamps on a scrap sheet of paper to figure out a good amount of paint for the stamp.

Excited to start stamping!
Excited to start stamping!
So amazed! :)
So amazed! 🙂

Place the stamp on the card and press firmly down on it before removing from paper.

Allow the first stamp to dry before stamping the inside of the cards.

Ready to stamp candy canes
Ready to stamp candy canes

I tried to make striped candy canes with red and white but it just blended together in to pink candy canes.

Stamping the candy canes
Stamping the candy canes

Allow paint to dry. Then they are ready to write in or decorate further if desired. Sophia drew pictures and added some stickers to ours 🙂

Seashell Sensory Treasures

Sensory Play Seashell boat
Sensory Play Seashell boat

This is one of my favorite sensory activities. It is a fantastic way to build new vocabulary, learn about opposites, and textures. It is fun and constructive and works on fine motor skills, building and balancing as well as imaginative play.

We went to the beach and we found a lot sea shells and even a few coral pieces and cool rocks. We brought them home and I cleaned them off.

What you will need:

Assorted seashells, rocks, corals

Seashells drying off
Seashells drying off

There are many things you can talk about. We love to compare two shells at a time and find similarities and differences.

Sensory Play Itty bitty seashell
Sensory Play Itty bitty seashell

We talk about and feel for all these things:

ridges, holes, spirals, lines, stripes, smoothness, roughness, bigger, smaller, longer, shorter, rounder, thick, thin, rock, shell, coral, dark, light, shiny, sparkly, and all the colors we can find in the shells.

Sensory Play Seashell Sorting
Sensory Play Seashell Sorting

We talk about which ones we like more and why, and pick new favorites each time. We try to come up with as many different descriptive words that we can.

They can be used for sorting too.

Also, the shells can be used in imaginative play. Below Sophia is building a cave and hiding her “seashell friends”, Princess Sofia, and and Princess Amber from Princess Ivy (She is totally in love and obsessed with the new book Sofia the First Curse of Princess Ivy) 🙂

Seashell Imaginative play building a cave
Seashell Imaginative play building a cave