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!