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Stamp the Ladybugs! Kids potato print art

ladybug potato prints
Ladybug Potato Prints Mural

Display a ladybug print mural that bursts with color.

Low prep, common supplies, kids of any age get busy with creating.

You say Process art? I say Art. All art is a process.

Everyone is creative, each of us only needs to find the medium that we can express our creative language with.

A 20 month old and 7 year old created this mural.
All studies show that toddlers/preschoolers need play with mental stimulation, to help the brain develop. School Age Kids need lots of opportunity for free creative expression with different art mediums.

I introduced ladybugs to the toddler by reading toddler ladybug books a week before we did this mural, and I showed her real photos of ladybugs a few times.

(Recommended Ladybug Books direct download at end of post)
What you need:
  • Blank Paper
  • Potato Halves (at least 1 per paint color)
  • Each color paint poured onto a paper plate
  • Dabber/Dot marker

What skills does this art project build?

Toddler and Preschool:
  • Sensory Development
  • Shape Recognition
  • Self-Confidence
  • Creativity/Critical Thinking
  • Subject Exploration
  • Practice with Steps (delayed gratification)
School Age:
  • 3D Subject Learning
  • Self-Confidence
  • Freedom to create
  • Creative Style Development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Methodology (practicing step by step)

Instructions:

  • Each child takes a potato half.
  • Dip the potato half in the paint and stamp onto paper.
  • Ask younger children what shape the potato makes.
  • Allow the children to stamp their potatoes like crazy.
  • LET DRY.
  • Once the stamps are dry, each child gets a dabber.
  • Children use the dabber to stamp the spots onto the ladybug.
  • Ask younger children what shape the dabber makes.
  • Allow the children to stamp the dots like crazy.
Extension: The 7 year old asked Google for 5 facts about ladybugs, then recorded them. I verbally quizzed him for review sporadically to help him retain the info.

ladybug kids art
Written Ladybug Facts

I’m extremely passionate about this project. It allows the teacher to provide the framework to allow long term learning skills that stick.

Ladybug books- toddler through 2nd grade
Living through Learning about Ladybugs.