The parents of our local toddler playgroup take turn to organise the weekly craft activity. Everyone puts a lot of thinking to find activities to suit children from 18m to 5 years – and with great results (and a bit of help from parents!). From sticking, glueing, decorating, cutting, dressing up, glitter and jewels, it is been great fun. I thought I would share some of what we have done on this blog as it might inspire you.
Today’s activity: Mr Potato Head In The Kitchen
- a cup
- a see-through sock
- lots of cotton (try the nappy changing aisle in your local supermarket for big packs)
- large googly eyes
- 3 elastic bands
- a marker pen or felt pen for the mouth
- seeds. In this case, we used lawn seeds but you could try others.
Place a few pinches of seeds at the bottom of the sock. Then fill with cotton balls, pushing it all down. You want to add enough cotton balls so that it doesn’t collapse when you add water. Tie a knot at the bottom.
Pull out a bit of cotton on one side and tie the elastic band around to form an ear. Then the other side to form the second ear and finally in the middle to form the nose.
Stick your googly eyes and draw the mouth. Ours faded with the water.
Tip your Mr Potato head down in a bowl of water until the seeds are well soaked. Then turn over and place in a cup with water. Add water regularly to keep the cotton damp. To speed up the process, you can tip the head down in water once a day for a few days until the seeds start sprouting.
After a few days, your Mr Potato Head will have a full head of hair.
I hope you’ll have as much fun doing as we did doing it and keep an eye on our crop. Don’t forget to send us your photos. Did you do any crafts with the children recently? Did they enjoy it?