It is almost that time again – time for school to let out for the summer. This can be a bittersweet time for parents. While it is nice to get a much deserved break from the daily grind of packing lunches and dealing with homework, it can be hard to find things to keep the kids entertained. In these difficult economic times, expensive summer camps and vacations may not be an option and more and more parents are looking for simple, economical ideas for summer fun. Starting now, each week through Labor Day weekend, I will feature at least one fun and inexpensive summer fun idea for kids to enjoy. This week’s summer fun idea is stamping with fruits and vegetables to create a work of art.
Summer Fun Idea – Stamping With Fruits and Vegetables
What You Need:
- White (or any other light color) sheet or pillowcase
- Construction paper
- Fruits and vegetables (potatoes, apples, celery, star fruit, corn on the cob, mushrooms, cauliflower, and bell peppers work great)
- Washable, non-toxic paint (you can use homemade paint for this as well)
- Disposable aluminum containers for paint (pie tins work great)
- Paint brushes
- Wash fruits and vegetables and dry thoroughly.
- Cut fruits and vegetables in half and pat the moist inside portion dry. For the cauliflower, simply break into florets.
- Pour paint into disposable aluminum containers (but don’t throw them away; wash them and re-use!).
- Take paint supplies and sheet, pillowcase, and/or paper outside and set them up on the driveway or sidewalk.
- Dip a paintbrush into the paint and paint color onto the cut end of a fruit or vegetable (you can also dip the cut end of the fruit or vegetable directly into the paint but this is much, much messier). Use a paintbrush to paint corn on the cob as if it were being buttered.
- Holding the dry end of the fruit or vegetable, stamp designs (roll the corn on the cob) onto the sheet, pillowcase, or paper.
- Use a paintbrush to paint additional designs or add writing (don’t forget to sign your name!).
- Rinse brushes thoroughly, let air dry, and dispose of used fruits and vegetables.
Kids love to make their own creations, and stamping with fruit and vegetables is a fun, inexpensive way to create a masterpiece as well as a great summer memory. Parents will love that the mess stays outside and that washable paint makes clean-up easy.
Stay tuned next week for a new summer fun idea!