This easy activity will create the perfect opportunity to play with your food! Take your favourite vegetables, put some paint on them and stamp them all over. This is a great one for the imagination. Experiment with different shapes and vegetables for different results.
Safety advice: Knives are sharp, pointy and dangerous. Parents/caregivers will need to cut the shapes into vegetables.
Try to use non-toxic, water-based paint.
Vegetables used for painting are not good for eating afterwards! Also, they will go mouldy eventually, so you might like to make new ones if that happens.
Young kids will need their parents/caregivers to help carve the vegetables, then they can get creative all on their own.
Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3-4
- get messy
- fresh air
- be creative
Time required: 30 minutes
Curriculum connections: The Arts, Science, Critical and Creative Thinking
This is an exceptionally easy activity to do with your kid/s; it can be really fun to give them different shapes or vegetables to paint with.
It is not advisable to let your kid/s use sharp knives to carve the vegetables, so you will need to do this for them. Let them draw some designs for you or give you advice as you work.
Paint can get a little messy so it might be a good idea to take this activity outside or put down newspapers or a plastic sheet to keep it contained.
EYLF – Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
- Chopping board
- Paint (non-toxic, water-based)
- Plates (you can use container lids)
- Potatoes (or other vegetables if you prefer)
Learning@Home from Cool Australia
Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.