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Isaak loves carving. I actually found this out from my Dad. He had a project he spent hours on at their house.
I decided that our next craft would be carving related. I've seen that you can cut any hard rooted vegetable into half, then carve into it. We decided to give it a try.
Any potato, radish, or rutabaga will work!
You say, "Potato".
I say, "Sweet Potato".
The boys hate sweet potatoes. Say what? I love them. Isaak dislikes them so much so, that he didn't want to carve into one. I said, "You're not eating it. If you hate it so much I'd think you'd want to carve into it. Then you don't have to eat it." He said, "Ok then!" Ha!
Parent: Cut really straight! It's going to be a stamp. If the kid starts carving, messes up, you can just cut off the area they were carving straight again. They can just start over.
Have some wood carving tools handy!
Cutting into a vegetable is softer than other things like linoleum or wood. There is less give. Even though it's easier to carve into, it's a little more slippery. It's best to have a simple design. Isaak started out with a really complex design that we had to cut off because it just wasn't working.
He ended up with a triangle on one side, and a heart on the other.
It's a good idea to mix your paint. We went with a red because of the heart. Paint it on the stamp flat with a brush, foam brush, or foam roller. Don't over do the paint!
Have your paper flat, and ready to stamp on. You can use colored paper to stamp on to get different results.
Good to remember this one for homemade Valentines if you get into doing that. I could also see using a stamp to make your own wrapping paper.
With the triangle one I said to Isaak, "You should make the triangles into different things." He used colored pencils to add to the stamp.
He made a pizza:
He made an ice cream cone:
He made a tipi:
We didn't keep Isaak's stamps, but if you'd like to you can store them in the refrigerator for short term use, or freezer for long term use.
Have you ever make a carving of any kind? What would you carve into a rooted vegetable? I think I'd go with chevron stripes.