The summer festival is one of the high points in the nursery year and is celebrated with parents and siblings of the children. Preparing and creating the mood for the celebration also involves the decoration of the environment in which the celebration will take place. Self-designed, cheerful shining lanterns are very well suited as a decoration because they spread a pleasant and cosy atmosphere both indoors and outdoors. The colourful lanterns are easy to make - even children lacking in fine motor skills can master the technique of potato printing - and guarantee success.
- Learn a high pressure process
- Design a simple pattern for the print block
- Train fine motor skills in cutting and printing
- Learn how to use a cutting tool
- Learn and understand the printing process
- Learn the basics of colour theory
- Work with colours
- Increase concentration and endurance
Material and resources
For each lantern: lantern cover and lantern floor, 15.3 cm diameter, lantern bracket from wire; transparent paper in white (with or without printing, e.g. star pattern)
For the potato print: potatoes in different sizes; small kitchen knife;
Cutting board; kitchen towels; thin cardboard for templates; acrylic colours in yellow, orange, red, light green, blue; paper for test prints
For the design: water-resistant felt-tip pen in black; glitter pen in gold or silver
General: pencil; scissors; ruler; punch pliers; UHU All Purpose Adhesive Extra.
UHU ALL PURPOSE ADHESIVE EXTRA
- Gel-type synthetic resin adhesive for crystal-clear fast bonding.
- Drip-free and clean.
- No paper curling.
For each lantern, cut a transparent paper strip 23 x 52.5 cm.
The patterns should be simple shapes, e.g. square, triangle, right-angled triangle etc. Draw and cut the shapes on thin cardboard. Prepare templates for younger children.
Explain and demonstrate handling of a kitchen knife. Select potatoes of a suitable size, halve them (even three-year olds can do this) and dry the cut surface with kitchen towels. Put a template on each potato half and trace the outlines with a pencil.
Cut the contour to a depth of approx. 1 cm with a kitchen knife (adult). Allow older children to cut simple shapes such as triangles (from 5 years). Cut away the outer edge of the shape so that only the shape remains.
Blot the cut surfaces dry with kitchen paper. With your fingers or with the brush, apply paint and press onto the practice material. Lots of paint produces a dense and rich print, a little paint produces a transparent print. Allow the children to perform some test prints and compare the results.
Now print the transparent paper strips with patterns according to preference and allow to dry.
Paint on details such as sensors, eyes, legs etc. with the felt pen. Apply glitter points and allow to dry.
Stick the finished pattern strips with UHU All Purpose Adhesive Extra around the lantern base and the lantern cover. Then fix the longitudinal side. Adhesive tip: Since the transparent paper is not very absorbent, thinly apply the adhesive to both bonding surfaces, dry briefly, apply adhesive again and then press firmly together.
With the punch pliers, punch two holes opposite each other for the lantern bracket and apply the lantern bracket.
- Print woodchip wallpaper rolls with the same patterns and use as table runners for decoration for the summer festival.
- Use the lanterns as wind light.
- T-shirts, cotton bags, sets, etc. can also be printed with potato stamps and fabric colours.
- For the lighting, battery-powered LED tea lights or electrical candles are recommended.