Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tutorial Thursday!

Potato Print Penguins!

This is a easy project that kids love! Even a child as young as two could participate with help from an adult. I recommend reading a book about penguins first just to get them involved and interested. Heck, you could make a whole day of it revolving around the letter "P"!

-blue, white, and black paint                 
-paint brush
-small potato

Paint entire paper with blue paint. I like to tape the paper to a place mat because it helps keep the paper still for little people, plus it makes a nice border. After you paint with blue, let the paint dry.

Use a sponge cut into pieces to create snow with white paint. Sponges are a fun way for little ones to paint because they can hold them easily and sponges create great texture. You can get a pack of several at the dollar store, so they are cheap too! Let the white paint dry. 

Now it is time for the potato! Kids really get excited at this point because how fun is it to paint with food?! Cut the potato in half and I recommend cutting a little off of each side to create a handle. It makes it much easier for kids to hold on to. 

Press the potato in black paint and then press the potato on the painted paper!
It makes the perfect penguin shape!

You can use the thumb or other fingers to make the heads, wings or feet. 

Use the white paint and sponge again to make the white part of the penguins face and belly.

You can use markers, crayons, paint, etc. to make the eyes and beak.

Perfect Potato Print Peguins!!


  1. Love it! I'm enjoying your tutorials!!

  2. me too !!! love it !!! we will have to try this :)

  3. This is great! I'll have to remember the "handle" part for the potato when we use them next year for "p" week!