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Real Mr. Potato Head

Real Mr. Potato Head
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Melissa Allen
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Play with your food? Yes, please! That's how my kids feel. I always thought how neat it would be to make a "real Mr. Potato Head"--and today we did! We built, laughed, ate, and got silly. (You can't help but to get pretty silly when you're adding mushroom ears onto a potato.)

What You'll Need

How We Did It

Real Mr. Potato Head

This first step is for a grownup or older child: Break some toothpicks in half and place them in the potato to hold veggie face features.

Real Mr. Potato Head

Next, pull out any veggies and fruit you have on hand. Really, anything will work in some way. My five-year-old is in the kitchen with me a lot. (We have a great set of little chef knives that are wonderful for little hands.) She loves to cook and has been practicing her cutting skills so I used this as an opportunity to let her practice.

Real Mr. Potato Head

Once you get your produce sliced, you are ready to start dressing up your potato. Both my two- and five-year-old loved adding to the potato.

Real Mr. Potato Head

I planned this activity for right before lunch so that we could cook up our veggies after--but with how much snacking they were doing during the process, I didn't know if I would even have to make lunch. A project that gets my kids eating lots of raw veggies and fruit...I am liking this activity even more!

Real Mr. Potato Head

Oh yea, the silly bug hit them. We had a lot of Mr. Potato faces being demonstrated throughout this craft. Glad I got this one on camera...she will appreciate it one day, maybe.

Real Mr. Potato Head
Well, what do you think? We thought they came out just darling and you guessed it, they got names....because everything in our house gets a name. Meet Oliver and Sir Cucumber.
Real Mr. Potato Head

With lots of veggies still on the plate, we did what any family would do around lunch time and brought out the ranch. Yum!

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So I just had this idea the other day and thought - "I'm sure I'm not the first one to think of this, let's see how someone else might have done it!" Very cute! think I might do this with the two little girls I nanny tomorrow - who also happen to be two and five! :)

posted by: Emily on 2.13.2013

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How funny, Emily! Great minds... :) Hope the girls enjoyed it. Seems to be well fit for that age group.

posted by: Melissa on 5.13.2013

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