Print Making with Food
Stamps are great for crafts or decorating stationary before you send a letter. Here is a
way that children can make their own stamps to decorate clothing, make a picture, or to
make homemade wrapping paper to wrap a present in.
The best food to use when making your own stamps are apples and potatoes. Apples
make a great design on their own cut in half vertically (for a traditional apple shape) or
horizontally (for a circle with a star-shape in the middle).
With a potato, cut it in half and then make your design. Depending on the age of the
children you may or may not want to let them execute this part. An easy way to make a
design on the potato to use as a stamp is with small cookie cutters. Press the cookie
cutter into the potato and the remove the excess flesh. You can make a positive or
negative impression by removing the inside of the area or the outside of the area where
the cookie cutter made its mark.
With tempura or another toxic-free paint, dip the apple or potato into the paint and have
an extra piece of paper handy to dab off the extra paint. Make many different designs
with the potatoes to great a variety of designs.
If you want to use the stamps as print making on clothing, buy some fabric paint at the
craft store. If the paint is too thick add a few drops of water at a time until it is at a
consistency that is easier to work with.
Be creative with your choices, you may also want to try carrots or another hard vegetable
to see what kind of mark they leave. An alternative and less messy way to get the paint
on the vegetable is to paint it on with a brush instead of dipping it into the paint.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.