Fruit and Vegetable Prints

Use fruits and vegetables to create exciting prints on paper or fabric. Make fun random prints or combine them to create interesting images. Materials Fruits (apples, pears, oranges, bananas, lemons) Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots, corn, mushrooms, Chinese cabbage) Knife Chopping board Poster paint Plastic plates or trays Sketch paper Safety Tips Keep the knife out of children’s reach. Ask for an adult’s help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step. Step Clean the fruits and vegetables. Wash and towel dry. Prepare the fruits and vegetables by cutting or trimming them. Here are some suggestions: Apples and pears- cut lengthwise in half; Bananas- cut in half; Oranges and lemons- cut crosswise in half; Corn- cut in half and insert a stick to make a handle; Bell peppers- slice crosswise in half, remove the seeds; Broccoli and cauliflower – separate into individual florets; Mushrooms- slice button or any round mushrooms lengthwise in half; Potatoes and carrots- slice into quarters, wedges or cut into specific shapes such as a flower or star; Chinese cabbage- trim off the base, we are going to use this part for painting. Put paint in shallow plates or containers. Prepare your sketch paper as well. Dip a fruit or vegetable in one color of paint, making sure that the bottom is evenly-coated with paint. Press the fruit or vegetable firmly on your sketch paper. This Chinese cabbage print looks just like a rose! Go ahead and use the other fruits and vegetables to paint. You’ll discover how each one can make a unique and interesting print. 2  
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