After a full day of nursery for both my charges I needed a nice quiet activity to keep them entertained just before super. With a fridge full of vegetables and some slightly squish potatoes I remembered that firm favourite of all art activities: vegetable printing.

What you will need:

  • Any old vegetables: we used potatoes, lettuce leaves, cucumber sticks and celery
  • Paint
  • Lots and lots of paper

For our potato shapes I cut them in half and then carved out the shapes that the kiddies wanted.

With the cucumber I cut it into long wedges and then on one side drew a pattern, e.g. A wiggly line, using a knife.

I didn’t do anything to the lettuce leaves, just used them as they came.

If you have all the celery still attached at the base just cut straight through all of the stalks. Keep them attached because it makes a really beautiful rose pattern.

This activity is wonderful for helping young children with fine motor skills and cognitive development (shapes and colour mixing) but for slightly older children you could set challenges for them like making a picture of an animal using the stamps.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old.

Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called ‘Get Crafty’ for Little London magazine.

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