Making Block type with a Potato -Homeschooling Project-


Today as Monty Python would say “and now for something completely different”

After a week of activism, blogging and such I decided to teach my daughter how to make block print out of potatoes as a bit of homeschooling work.

To do this you need the following items.

  1. A Potato
  2. Food Coloring
  3. Knife -very sharp
  4. Paper
  5. Small dish or Saucer
  6. Paper towels

After collecting the items follow the below steps.

  1. Cut the potato in half.
  2. Draw on the potato the letter you want to carve out.
  3. Carefully carve out the letter. Make sure to cut deep enough so that it leaves a good impression on the paper
  4. Pour the Food Coloring into your container.
  5. Gently dip the Potato into the Food Coloring
  6. Gently yet firmly press onto sheet of paper.
  7. Blot potato with paper towel.
  8. Repeat as desired.

The following slide show covers the above steps.

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About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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