Potato printing is a classic but there are lots of other fruits and vegetables you can experiment with. If you cut the pieces in advance, then your toddler can have endless fun trying different techniques and effects
Time: 10 minutes plus
Age: Under 5's
Selection of fruit or vegetables (we used part of an onion, curly cabbage, a piece of carrot and a sugar snap pea)
Interesting patterns in a sliced onion
Try slicing the end off a curly cabbage or even a lettuce
Prepare the vegetables if needed. Onions have a lovely layered effect inside and look great when you slice them across. I also sliced across the bottom of an old curly cabbage as well as removing a leaf. The carrot was just a chunk and the sugar snap pea was left whole.
Lay out different colours of paint onto a paper plate or something similar. Spread out the paint so that the vegetables can be dipped in.
Base of curly cabbage
Leaf from curly cabbage
Let your toddler experiment with dipping in the vegetables pieces and printing them onto paper.
Carrot and sugar snap pea stamping
Talk about the patterns, shapes and see the difference created depending on how much paint is used.