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Food for Thought: Art Lab for Kids

"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." ~ Mark Twain

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Looking for a simple, fun art project your children can enjoy over summer break? Chew on this: snag some garden produce or sweet citrus, and let them experiment with fruit and vegetable prints like the ones featured in Art Lab for Kids.

Author Susan Schwake suggests using an assortment of produce in order to make a number of distinctive prints. Try oranges, lemons, apples, celery, and peppers for example. Cut each fruit or vegetable so it has an even edge for printing. Roll ink onto the produce, press firmly onto paper, re-ink, and keep going. Helpful hint: use a fork as a handle for larger fruits to make the process easier.

Consider combining shapes to make something representational like this:

art lab kids fruit stamp

Image and text excerpted from Art Lab for Kids

Schwake suggests allowing prints to dry overnight so the images can set. Don't be afraid to experiment with a variety of colors and patterns, too. Some of Schwake's favorite fruit/veggie prints have been the colorful ones like this celery and mushroom forest below.

kids fruit art stamps

Image and text excerpted from Art Lab for Kids

As a mom I can't help but love craft time that meshes so well with snack time. That's fun and fruitful artwork if you ask me. 

How have you incorporated food into your artwork?

Beth Bauer

Beth is a freelance writer residing in Fishers, Indiana with a background in print journalism. Her full time job as a stay at home mom allows her to explore the beauty of art and life through her two young daughters' eyesone finger painting at a time.

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