19. Vegetable & Fruit Prints

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Several tots couldn’t resist nibbling on our art supplies this morning at toddler art group: veggies and fruit, dipped in tempera paint to make prints. The bell pepper was a favorite. Carrots were used as paint brushes rather than as stamps. I picked some limes off our tree to use. We also used mushrooms, Brussels sprouts (we saw fields and fields of them growing near Santa Cruz last weekend – so fun to see where they grow), a cabbage wedge, potatoes, apples, celery, and pears, all sliced in half. We had paper towels nearby to wipe off the produce when it got too sloppy or if kids wanted to change paint colors. My son especially loved whacking the apple half onto the paper over and over again, creating splatter marks around his prints, as well as using a paper towel to wipe the paint around on his paper. We enjoyed trying this classic art activity and will definitely do it again.

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