Monday, November 2, 2009

Potato Printing Cards for gifts!

I homeschool three of my kids right now, so often my day is centered around doing school and a possible project with them here and there.  Somewhere along the way, we have really gotten away from doing any arts and crafts during school, but since I have been having my own craft obsession lately, I thought that would try to incorporate some craft things into their education.
We just started with  a kindergartener again, and have found that he is not easily entertained or kept still for long, but he really gets excited about doing crafts.  We decided to do potato prints one day.  Both my 3- and 5-year-old had a great time doing this project!  In fact, we changed the paint color to make apples too.  We had just had some friends give us some free apples, so we wanted to make an apple thank you card.  I think they turned out so cute!  The left two were made by my 5-year-old and the right one was made by my 3-year-old!

The older two kids were learning about the Chinese and the invention of printing, so it seemed fitting for them to make their own cards also!  They were practicing their Chinese characters and each chose one to print up a set of cards (I was thinking they would be a great Christmas gift for people when tied together with a ribbon!)  This project was more difficult, and took the kids quite some time to get the characters cut out correctly from the potatoes, but they are working at a 7th Grade level now, so that is to be expected.  The character ont he the lower left corner means mountain and the other character means woman.
Please let me know what you think!  I will be linking up to the folowing parties this week:


  1. Your cards are wonderful! All my grandkids were/are home schooled so I can fully appreciate what you are doing here! A great way to put education and making gifts together. Good job!!
    Jayne at mysongwithin

  2. Those cards are such a great idea! I bet they were fun to make too :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  3. Such a fun idea!! You can't really go wrong with fruit and veggie prints!

  4. Those cards are so clever AND I love the newsprint leaves in your blog header! Thank you!

  5. great idea and cool craft for the kids to do - i think i'll get them to make their own thank you's this way - TFS :D

  6. Very cute! I'm sure they had fun, too! We homeschool too - and incorporating projects like this with school was always fun for us!


I love to hear what you think! Thanks for your feedback!