Grape big potato prints
15 minute Craft planner
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children to handle the food used in this activity.
You will need:
Thin dowelling rod cut to one meter lengths, or a trouser/skirt hanger
A pillow case or lining paper
String cut to 90 cm lengths
Plain paper (optional)
‘Just look at the fruit we found!’ (see Printables)
Vine leaf template (see Printables)
Purple, blue and red paint
Green marker pens
Green felt, green card or green paint
PVA glue, brushes and pots
Green colouring pencils and/or crayons
Floor and table coverings
A cloth, a bowl of soapy water and a towel
How to prepare:
Decide how many banners to make with your group. Print sufficient textboxes for one per banner. Print sufficient vine leaf templates for one per child. For younger children you may want to cut out the leaves in advance. Follow the instructions to prepare the number of banners you require. It is up to you how much of the preparation you do in advance and how much you choose to do with the children.
Making the banner:
Option 1. Cut along the side seams of a pillow case and open it out into a long piece of fabric. Your piece of fabric should still have a hem at the top and at the bottom. Thread the dowling through the widest hem. Tie the string to the ends of the dowling as shown in the picture.
Option 2. Cut lining paper or parcel paper into a 1.8 meter strip. Place the dowling at the top of the strip. Fold the paper over the dowling and secure with sticky tape. Tie the string to the ends of the dowling as shown in the picture.
Option 3. Cut along the side seams of a pillow case and open it out into a long piece of fabric. Clip a trouser/skirt hanger to the top of the fabric.
Option 4. Cut lining paper or parcel paper into a 1.8 meter strip. Clip a trouser/skirt hanger to the top of the fabric.
Printing the banner:
1. Lay the banner flat on a table or on the floor.
2. Pour a small amount of purple paint onto two or three paper plates. Add a small amount of red paint to one of the plates and a small amount of blue to another. Having different shades of purple will make the individual potato prints easier to see.
3. Give each child half a potato and encourage them to press their potato first into the paint and then onto the banner, or use a brush to paint their potato. Younger children may prefer to print on plain paper; when the paint is dry cut oval shapes from the painted paper and stick them to the banner. Explain that the potato prints will be grapes in the final picture. Encourage the children to space out some of their ‘grapes’ and put some in clusters.
4. Give each child a vine leaf template. Encourage the children to either colour in or paint their template, or use it to cut out a leaf shape from a piece of green felt or card.
5. Carefully stick the leaves to the top of each bunch of grapes.
6. If there is space around the grapes use the green marker pens to add some curly tendrils.
7. When the banner is dry hang it in your church building for people to see.
Alongside this craft, teach the Bible story...