Hands-on learning through play is perfect for this time of year! Get stamping this winter with a fun art activity that uses potatoes as paintbrushes.  We have made snowy owl pinecone ornaments, now try owl printing. Learn more about the amazing snowy owls with an easy potato craft.  We love hands-on winter activities for kids!

OWL PRINTING WITH POTATOES

POTATO STAMPS

Stamping is a fun art activity that even toddlers and preschoolers can do! Did you know stamping or printing has a history that dates to ancient times, with paint, ink and rubber being a relatively recent invention to the process.

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For young children stamping activates a new group of muscles in the thumb and fingers.  For older children, it continues to strengthen and also build endurance for fine motor tasks such as writing. 

For the younger kiddos, the simple task of alternating stamping paper and paint or ink pad can be challenging.  Remembering to position the potato stamp correctly, press it into the paint, and then onto the paper can be quite a task.  It’s productive but fun work!

Read on to find out how you can create your own owl prints with a fun homemade potato stamp.   

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SNOWY OWL POTATO CRAFT

How do snowy owls live in some of the coldest parts of the world? Find out more about snowy owls.

SUPPLIES:

  • Snowy Owl Template
  • Potato
  • White acrylic paint
  • Cardstock – black, brown, white, yellow
  • Black and white markers
  • Small googly eyes
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

HOW TO MAKE A OWL PRINTING 

STEP 1. Print the snowy owl template and cut out the pieces.

STEP 2. Trace the tree branch onto brown cardstock and cut it out.

STEP 3. Crumple the tree branch in your hands. Gently unfold, leaving as much of the texture as possible, and glue in place along the edge of a sheet of black cardstock.

STEP 4. Cut a potato in half width-wise.

STEP 5. Spread white acrylic paint on a flat surface, like a paper plate. Dip the potato in the paint, covering the potato evenly.

STEP 6. Stamp the potato along the branch of the tree. You should be able to get 2 owls on a tree branch. Gently remove the stamp.

STEP 7. Add googly eyes to the white owls. Also cut a small triangle from a scrap of yellow cardstock for the beak.

STEP 8. Either use the wings as-is from the template or trace onto a heavier white cardstock. Cut out. Make details along the wings with the black marker. Glue in place.

STEP 9. Finally, use the white marker to make dots of snow, or stars, around the owls.

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