Making your children apart of your senior care efforts with your aging loved one is a fantastic way of bonding the family together and encouraging lifelong memories. Both children and seniors love crafts, so offering fun and simple art projects is a great way to get the youngest and oldest members of your family participating in an activity together. Not only will you have the finished our projects to cherish for years to come, but you also have created memories and a closer relationship that will have an impact on you for the rest of your life.
Potato stamps are a fast and easy way to create an art project that encourages independence, creativity, individuality, and personal expression. The stamps are easy and inexpensive to make, and are incredibly simple to clean up. Rather than having to wash and store them, you just throw them away when you are finished.
What you will need for your potato stamp senior care project includes:
- Large, firm potatoes
- Metal cookie cutters
- A craft knife
- Craft paints
- Paper plates
- Large pieces of paper
- Glitter and other embellishments
Start by cutting of the potatoes in half and drying the halves thoroughly. Use small metal cookie cutters to create an indentation in either side of the potato. This indentation should be made in the cut side of the potatoes so that you can hold the part that still has the skin. Press the cookie-cutter into the flesh of the potato, and then use a craft knife to trace the cookie-cutter shape and remove all of the flash around the shape. What should remain is a protruding piece of potato in your desired shape. Once you have made all of your stamps, dry them carefully to prevent the paint from running. Use paper plates to hold pools of thick craft paint. You then dip your potato stamp into your desired color paint and use it to create shapes and designs on your paper. Sprinkle glitter and other embellishments directly onto the dry paint for extra effect.
If you do not want the potatoes to go to waste, use non-toxic paint and cut off the stamp portion of the potato when the art projects are complete. Remove the skin and wash away any other traces of paint. These potatoes can then be brought outside and left for animals to eat. Consider using this potato stamp technique as a fun and easy way to decorate other craft items such as wooden birdhouses or signs for bedroom doors. Note the date that you do your craft and the name of each of your loved ones on the individual pieces so that you can remember them for years to come.
Care Connection provides senior care in Bath, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.