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Potato Day

Art Lesson
for Potato Day

The students will create a potato person using a potato and a variety of art supplies.


  • One potato per student (If enough real potatoes are not available, have the students use a potato shape cut from construction paper.)

  • Variety of art supplies - construction paper, fabric, cardboard, toothpicks, etc.



  1. Allow the students to create a face on their potatoes using any variety of art supplies provided.  They may adhere the eyes, nose, etc. on to the potato by using glue, toothpicks, or push pins.  They may also add arms, hats, feet, etc.

  2. The finished Potato Heads may serve as the subject of the Language Arts Lesson.


Other Lesson Ideas

  1. Make potato prints.  Use the one of the following books as a starting point for ideas: One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints or Wildflower ABC: An Alphabet of Potato Prints both by Diana Pomeroy.

  2. Read Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.  At the end of the book there is a reference to a hill of snow looking like a mound of mashed potatoes.  Have the students draw scenery using other foods as a basis.  For example, trees may look like broccoli, etc.



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