Making potato people gives kids a chance to have fun creating different expressions and personalities. Most people have a potato head memory from their childhoods. Watching kids explore the options of facial features and body parts can be a nostalgic adventure. Amaze the kids by telling them you made potato people when you were a kid. For young children, potato people offer an engaging way to learn words for the parts of the face and body. Older children can create potato people with different occupations or make characters from their favourite books, school subjects or movies.
Classic Potato Head Craft
Set out clean, dry potatoes. Provide several kits of potato people parts so the kids can create a variety of characters. For young children, you can divide the parts by type, for example, a separate bowl for mouths, eyebrows, noses, and all the other features and body parts. You could also make a game of giving each child a bowl of mixed-together parts. Let them look for the right part for each area of the face and body. Older children can cut clothes for the potato people out of special colourful papers such as gift wrap and attach the clothes with toothpicks. Provide the type of toothpicks that are blunt on one end.
Space Alien Potatoes
Set out washed red potatoes, russet potatoes, purple potatoes and white potatoes in all different sizes and shapes. Give the kids precut squares of tin foil, metallic paper and hologram gift wrap. Provide several sets of potato people kits for a variety of facial features and body parts. Set out pipe cleaners for antennas and space alien accessories. Self-adhesive shelf paper also works for creating outfits for space alien potato people. Put out safety scissors or assist the kids in cutting their designs. Show the kids how to draw clothes shapes on the back of paper before cutting them out.
All-Food Potato People
For a fun and low-maintenance craft activity, you can set up an all-food potato people craft at an outdoor table. Set out different foods in bowls: olives, radishes, shredded carrots and potato skins for hair, sliced red and black liquorice whips, carrot and celery sticks for arms and legs, slices of lemon and orange peel, and any other small, colourful food items for body parts and faces. Provide toothpicks for attaching the parts. Poke holes in hard foods ahead of time with an ice pick or clean nail so the foods are ready to assemble. Supervise young children as small parts can present a choking hazard.