Crafts for Kids Using Vegetables
Vegetables that you likely have in your home can be used for several different children's craft projects. They are inexpensive, readily available and make fun activities that don't require purchase of new or special craft supplies. It can also be a fun way to teach children about the many uses of vegetable plants.
Potato stamps are a traditional rainy-day craft for a wide range of ages. Cut a large potato in half and let the child draw an image on the cut surface of the potato with a marker pen. Simple images like stars, hearts, leaves and letters are easier to carve than detailed images. Carve the potato around the edges of the image using a sharp paring knife. Young artists can then dip the potato stamp into paint and stamp on paper to create original artwork. One potato will make two stamps.
With adult supervision, children can learn to make dyes from different vegetables and then tie-dye a T-shirt or piece of fabric using their homemade dye. Carrots, red cabbage and beets are good vegetables to use for dye.
Shred the vegetables using a grater or food processor, then place them in a pan and cover with cold water. Simmer on low heat for up to half an hour, and then strain the colorful liquid from the vegetable matter.
Place fabric composed of natural fibers like cotton and silk in the dye solution overnight, then rinse well.
Children can experiment by using more or less vegetable matter, combining different-colored dyes and leaving the fabric in the dye for shorter or longer time periods to create different colors.
Mustard is one of the easiest, fastest vegetables for children to grow, and with this project your child can learn to take care of their own "mustard head." Use an empty yogurt pot, an empty egg shell with the top cut off, or any small container as a pot. Stuff a moist paper towel into the container and place a piece of damp cotton wool on top. Sprinkle the surface of the cotton wool with mustard seeds and place it in a warm place like a window sill so the seeds can sprout. Children can decorate the container to make it look like a face using paint, and when the mustard grows, it will look like hair growing from the "mustard head."