Arts and Crafts: Holiday Potato Stamps

Potato Stamp Present

While you’re cooking up holiday supper, do the kids get a little bit bored? Toss them a couple of potatoes, and keep them entertained with one of these arts and crafts projects!

Potato stamps are a lot of fun for kids, and they can be educational, too. Until your little ones are old enough to wield a knife unattended, you’ll want to supervise the carving part of these projects (or just carve the stamps while they watch). To keep them engaged, talk to them about what shapes you might carve, so they still feel like they’re part of this portion of the arts and crafts.

We’ve found a few fun ways that your kids can use homemade potato stamps in arts and crafts projects, and we’ve got a full tutorial for you, too!

Arts and Crafts: Get Creative with Your Potatoes!

Potato Stamp Cards

1. Cards

Once your stamps are carved, put your kiddos to work stamping holiday cards. Your friends and family will love receiving holiday greetings on these one-of-a-kind creations! Image Credit: The Joy of my Life.

>>Get the tutorial.

Potato Stamp Art

2. Potato Art

Let your kids make gifts for the people on their lists. You help them carve the stamp, provide a large piece of paper as their canvas, and let them create personal art pieces! Image Credit: Creative Jewish Mom.

>>Get the tutorial.

 

Potato Printed Pillow Cover

3. Potato Fabric

If you sew, you can let your kids make custom fabric with potato stamps, then turn it into pretty throw pillows for holiday gifts. This arts and crafts project calls for fabric paint, so make sure your children are wearing something that you don’t mind getting stained. Image Credit: Crafting a Green World.

>>Get the tutorial.

Potato Stamp Present

4. Potato Stamp Gift Wrap

Instead of buying pre-printed gift wrap, purchase a roll of kraft paper or a book of construction paper at the craft supply store, and let your kids stamp it with potatoes.

Supplies

  • potato
  • paring knife
  • rag
  • old cardboard box, cut open and flattened
  • tempera paint
  • roll of kraft paper or book of construction paper (kraft paper is best for bigger gifts)

Step-by-Step

Carved Potato<

1. Carve your potato stamp. You can try drawing your design on your potato, then carving, but most markers won’t write well on that wet spud. You’re best off sticking to a simple, geometric shape, like the plus sign that we used. Before you dip your potato into the paint for the first time, use your rag to dry it off as much as possible. The more excess water you get off of your stamp, the better it will pick up the paint.

Potato Stamp Dip

2. Pour the paint onto your cardboard, and dip the stamp into the paint. Show your kids how to blot the stamp. Too much paint won’t give you a good, clear imprint. Let them do some test stamps on scrap cardboard from the box to get a feel for how to stamp.

Potato Stamp Paper

3. To stamp with your potato, the best method we found is to place the potato onto the paper, gently press straight down, then carefully remove the stamp. It’s OK if your kids’ designs aren’t perfect. A smudge here and incomplete shape there are part of the charm!

Potato Stamp Gift Wrap

4. Let them go to town! The paper in the example has a repeating pattern, and theirs can be as organized or as random as they want. What’s important is that they have a lot of fun!

Halloween Recipe: How to Make a Spooky Mashed Potato Spider Web

Halloween Potato Spider Web

Need a Halloween recipe that will encourage your kids to eat their veggies? This spooky bowl of mashed potatoes is just the thing.

Halloween recipes are usually all about the candy, but you can also make delicious healthy treats to celebrate this year. For this spooky spiderweb, a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes are your canvas, and you use shredded carrots, black olives, and dried rosemary to create the web and the spider.

You don’t have to make those delicate shredded carrots yourself. Check your grocery store’s produce section for a bag of already-shredded carrots. If you can’t find them, use a knife to julienne the carrots into the thinnest sticks that you can.

Halloween Recipe: Spooky Mashed Potato Spiderweb

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of buttermilk mashed potatoes
  • 1 bag shredded carrots, or at least 1/2 cup carrots very thinly sliced
  • 2 jumbo black olives
  • 8 pieces of dried rosemary

Directions

1. Heap your mashed potatoes into a large bowl, then use a spoon to smooth them down. With a clean dish towel, wipe any potato from the sides of the bowl, so you have a clean canvas to start:

Bowl of Mashed Potatoes

2. Use your carrots to build your web, like in the images below. Start by creating an X with your carrots, then add two more rows to create an asterisk. Finally, use the carrots to create a few circles connecting the lines of your web:

Carrot Spider Web

3. Make your spider. Slice about a 1/4″ piece off of the top of one of your olives, and slice the other olive in half lengthwise. One of the olive halves is going to be your spider body, and the small piece is its head. You can eat the other two pieces of olive. You deserve a snack after making that detailed web!

Sliced Olives

4. To give your spider its legs, very carefully press each piece of rosemary into the sides of the large half olive. Place the spider body and head on your web, and you’re all done!

Easy After School Dinners for Busy Parents

Need some after school easy dinners that are healthy too? Potatoes to the rescue!

The school year is full of feeding-the-family-challenges, isn’t it? You’ve got to pack healthy lunches and for kids and fix them energizing after school snacks, and in the evenings, somehow manage to get a hearty supper on the table. You and your kids need something quick, easy, and healthy at the end of a long day of work and school, and a healthy dose of potatoes fits the bill perfectly.

Baking potatoes in the oven can take 45 minutes to an hour, but our farm fresh PotatOH products cook in the microwave in just minutes. Not only do potatoes make quick work when it comes to meal preparation, they’re healthy. Potatoes contain healthy carbohydrates, which fuel muscle and brain function. And at just 110 calories, a medium skin-on potato packs a nutritional punch! It’s rich in potassium and vitamin C and has 2 grams of fiber to help keep you and your kids feeling full.

The best part about potatoes? Kids love ‘em! Check out these easy dinners for after school or any busy evening.

Easy After School Dinners 01

Spinach and Artichoke Two Potato Casserole

Who says it’s hard to get kids to eat their vegetables? Serve this healthy casserole as a vegetarian main dish, or cook up your favorite protein, and dish this up on the side.

Irish Potato Cakes with Sour Cream Sauce

This is another healthy potato recipe that you can serve as a main course or a side dish. Add a big salad, and you’ve got a healthy supper in no time flat.

Colcannon Chowder

Colcannon is a traditional Irish stew. It’s a perfect hearty meal on a cold night with some crust bread for dipping.

Lightened Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This potato soup recipes sneaks lots of healthy vegetables in. That creamy base is made from potatoes and cauliflower! Your kids will never guess that they’re eating their veggies.

After School Dinners 02

Chicken and Potato Pot Pie

Nothing says comfort food like a pot pie, and our version uses pre-made pie crust and microwave cooking to speed up the process.

Creamy Potato and Vegetable Casserole

Casseroles can be time-consuming, but this veggie-packed dish cooks up fast in the microwave to get supper on the table in a flash.

Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

Kids love taco night! To make this meal into an event, serve the filling in a big bowl with other toppings – like diced tomato, shredded lettuce, and sour cream – and let everyone make their own tacos right at the table.

Southwest Chicken Casserole

This casserole is a one-dish meal, and it comes together quickly with the help of your microwave.

Do you have a go-to easy dinner that you cook up on busy school nights? Tell us about your kids’s favorite potato dishes in the comments!

Back to School Potato Recipes to Keep Kids Happy and Energized

Kids and a school bus

Need some quick and easy back to school recipes? We’ve got healthy, tasty snack and packed lunch options that your kids will love.
 
It’s about time to send those kiddos back to school, and all of that learning sure works up an appetite. Do your little ones come home with a big appetite? Whether you’re looking for a snack or a filling lunch to pack potatoes can help keep your kids happy, healthy, and full of energy for those long days in school.

Potatoes get a bad rep, but they’re actually good for kids if you use healthy preparation methods like microwaving, baking, or even grilling. They’re packed full of healthy carbohydrates – the stuff that your brain needs to function. A medium skin-on potato also provides a healthy dose of nutrients like vitamin C and potassium to keep your kids healthy. It’s also got 2 grams of fiber, which helps your kids feel full longer, so they can focus on school and homework.

The best part? Potatoes make a nutritious addition to lunch or snack time that your kids will actually eat. Check out these back to school recipes for packed lunches and after school snacks!

Potato Packed Lunch Ideas

Packed Potato Lunches

Packing your child’s lunch the night before can help you save time in the mornings. These are some easy lunch recipes that travel well.

Parmesan Panko Potato Balls – These make a filling snack alongside a sandwich or a thermos of soup.

Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos – To keep these from getting soggy, pack the filling and the taco shells separately, and let your child assemble them at lunch time. They’re lunch and an activity in one!

Cheese and Trees Potato Soup – When the weather starts to get cooler, send your kid to school with a thermos brimming with warm, hearty soup.

Bacon and Chive Potato Pancakes – You can pack these alone or in a container with greens. If you pack them solo, include some unsweetened applesauce for dipping to sneak in a serving of fruit.

Potato and Vegetable Stacks – These are a fun alternative to a sandwich that lets you sneak some healthy veggies into your kid’s lunch. Just pack extra dressing in a well-sealed container. You can use more of the Italian dressing from the recipe or try ranch.

After School Potato Snacks

After School Potato Snacks

The kids are always hungry when they come home from school. These simple recipes will tide them over until supper time.

Mini Sweet Potato Bites – Who needs processed finger foods when you can pile yummy toppings onto sliced sweet potato rounds?

Grilled Potato Dippers – Here’s a trade secret: if you don’t want to bust out the grill, you can skip that step and just microwave the potatoes before you slice ‘em. Your kids will have so much fun with the dipping sauces, they’ll never notice the difference!

Festive Papas Tapas – Do your kids like white potatoes better than sweets? Try these easy potato bites!

Baked Potato Nachos – Nachos are the ultimate kid-friendly food, but corn chips are usually deep fried. Instead of greasy chips, use healthy potato slices as the base for your nacho toppings.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins – You can make this into a quick dish by cooking your potatoes in the microwave instead of baking before you cut them.

 

Creative Commons photo via woodleywonderworks on Flickr

 

Back to School Snack Recipe: Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet Potato Bites

This back to school recipe makes a healthy school lunch snack with just a few minutes of prep work.

Many school lunch snacks that kids grab are not the healthiest: sugary snacks like cookies and candy might fill your kid up, but you’re in for a sugar crash and a tough evening. Next time your kids need a snack for lunch while at school, try this recipe starring sweet potatoes to satisfy that sweet tooth without so much processed sugar.

Sweet potatoes give your kids a dose of vitamins and fiber to boost their energy for long school days. One medium sweet potato gives your children 30 percent of their daily dose of vitamin C and 4 grams of filling dietary fiber to keep them full until supper time [source: Nutrition Data]. Not too shabby for one tasty orange spud!

These sweet potato bites are a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and sure to be a hit with your kids. Think of them as a lighter version of potato skins!

Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet Potato Bites

Cook time: 7-10 minutes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves 2

Nutrition per serving (using turkey bacon): 130 calories; 20 g carbs; 7 g fat; 4 g protein

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweet PotatOH
  • 1/4 cup low fat sour cream
  • 2 strips of turkey or vegetarian bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions – green parts only – chopped

Directions

  1. Cook the 1 Sweet PotatOH in the microwave according to package directions while you prep the bacon and green onions.
  2. Slice the potato into 1/4″ coins and arrange on a plate. Top each coin with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle the whole plate with bacon and green onions.

Play With Your Food: How To Make Holiday Potato Stamps

Holiday Potato Stamps

We’re getting ready to have a house full of kids. While that’s always fun, we like to tip the tables in our favor and have some crafts on hand keep them entertained. So we set up a craft table and let the kids come and go from the project throughout the day. If you follow suit, be prepared with enough supplies so a handful of adults can join in, too. They always want to at our house!

So what’s the best craft?

Potato stamps, of course!

They’re super-easy, flexible, inexpensive and best of all, fun to use!

First, you can “carve” your potato stamps into any shape or theme you want. Because it’s Christmas, you can make gingerbread men, Christmas trees, stars, angels, snowmen, basically any shape we’d use to make a cookie. In fact, you can use your cookie cutters to make the outline for your stamps.

Second, potato stamps flexible because you can stamp anything you want. We’ve had kids make a set of thank-you cards to use after the holidays. We’ve also done t-shirts, napkins, aprons, dishtowels, a calendar and, one Thanksgiving, our holiday cards.

Of course, you don’t need to be a kid to love this, and you don’t have to be at a party to give it a try.

This is a great activity to try at home over winter break, and we promise you’ll have lots of fun. Enjoy!

Supplies List:

  • Potatoes (russets, red or whites)
  • Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cookie cutters or a pencil
  • Paint (craft or poster paint for paper, fabric paint for fabric)
  • Paintbrushes (optional)
  • Paper plates or shallow dish (one per color)
  • Card stock, paper, or prewashed items (t-shirts, aprons, etc)

How To:

  • 1. Cut your potatoes in half; shave the cut surface of the potato flat with the peeler.
  • 2. Use a cookie cutter to press the outline of your shape onto the flat surface, or, if using a pencil, draw the outline of your shape pressing hard into the flesh of the potato.
  • 3. Use your paring knife to cut around the shape.
  • 4. Pour paint into dishes.
  • 5. You can either dip your potato into the paint or use a brush to paint the raised shape.
  • 6. Stamp away!
  • 7. You can also use a paintbrush to add details—decorate your tree, give your snowman some eyes and buttons, paint Santa’s beard, etc.
  • 8. If you’re using fabric paint, follow the directions on the container. You probably want a coat hanger to let your item dry, then you’ll probably have to iron it, too.

Check out our photos below to see an example!


No matter what your plans are, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. Enjoy!

Play With Your Food: Fun Holiday Potato Recipes for Kids

Winter break is just a few days away. Woot woot!

Funny how winter days are only shorter when the kids are at school. Seems like when you’re at home with them for two weeks straight, well, those days can get kind of long. Especially when kids don’t have enough to do!

You’re in luck, because we have the perfect solution.

In addition to planning ahead and looking into what sledding hills, scavenger hunts, crafts, games and other activities we don’t want to miss, we also look for ways to make the day-to-day stuff fun, too. Like eating potatoes!

Below are three recipes we love for the playfulness they bring to the table around the holiday season. Whether you surprise your kids when you serve their bowls or let them help out with the prep work, these recipes are sure to fill their tummies with holiday cheer.

Melted Snowman Soup

Melted Snowman Soup

This recipe offers unique flavors, as it calls for vermouth and a whole (!) head of garlic. We think it sounds delicious, but if you’ve got a house full of picky eaters don’t be afraid to go for a simpler-yet-delicious recipe, like our Quick & Healthy Potato Soup.
The main point is the garnish and the possibilities are endless. Mushroom buttons. Red pepper frowns. Bacon buttons. Yum!

Image Source: Cadry’s Kitchen

Potato Trees

This presentation manages to be both fun AND elegant. We would be as proud to serve these at a party as we are to our kids. If you’re not afraid of a little food coloring, you could add a few drops of green. You can also garnish your trees with little bits of finely diced pepper—green, yellow and/or red—sprinkled on to look like ornaments. Cute, right?

Image Source: The Kitchn

Snowman Stew

Snowman Party Stew

Soup always tastes great on a cold winter night. So we love this idea we found from Taste of Homes. Again, the recipe isn’t the most important thing, it’s the idea we love. Because this would be fantastic over your family’s favorite beef or vegetable stew. Anything thick enough to hold up to potatoes on top would do the trick. You can let the kids make the snowmen, or, just watch their surprise when you serve this. Enjoy!

Image Source: Taste of Home

Snowball Soup

Snowball Soup

Using cookie cutters on potatoes is really clever and we love that kids can play a huge role here, making the “snow balls” for the soup. When they make the dough, it’s just like rolling Play-Doh that they can eat! If you use peppercorns for the eyes, just remind your kids to take them out before they take a bite, or they’ll get more than just holiday spice!

Image Source: The Artful Veggie

 
Hope you have a very happy time at home with your family. Coming soon: more ideas that use potatoes to keep kids happy and busy over the break!

Have favorite crafty/fun/awesome-for-kids recipes of your own? Share them in the comments below!