To make your stamps simply cut the potaoe in half across the middle. Draw a (fairly simple) shape on the surface then cut away the potato around the outside of your shape. Cut about a quarter inch deep so you have a nice raised surface for your stamp.
Each potato makes two stamps so I made one a regular pumpkin and one a jack o lantern. I gave each boy a large piece of paper, a stamp and a paper plate with a bit of orange paint. As with all painting projects, I strap the boys into their boosters and cover the kitchen table with an old bed sheet to contain the mess.
My guys loved the stamping and their pumpkins came out really well! The trick is not putting too much paint in the plate, you only need a little to make nice prints.
Halloween has never been a favorite holiday of mine but it is easy to get in the spirit of fun while doing little projects with these guys. I've even managed to find an Orchard in Las Vegas so I'm looking forward to picking apples and pumpkins soon too. So many fun ways to celebrate fall. I hope you are making the most of it too!
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