Activity Introduction

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

Theme: 

  • investigate 
  • get messy 
  • fresh air 
  • playtime
  • be creative 

Time required: 30 minutes 

Curriculum connections: The Arts, Science, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

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.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

  • EYLF – Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Resources Required

  • Cloth 
  • Container
  • Chopping board 
  • Knife 
  • Paint (non-toxic, water-based)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper 
  • Plates (you can use container lids)
  • Potatoes (or other vegetables if you prefer)
  • Water

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Vegetable Stamps - Activity Instructions

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.

Part A: Prepare!

Step 1. Gather your items together. Using a chopping board, cut the vegetables in half so you can cut some shapes out. (This is a dangerous activity! Make sure to get an adult to do this for you.) 

You could cut some simple shapes, like a square or a triangle, or a star if you feel up to it.

Step 2. Next, prepare your painting area. It’s a

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