Potato Preschool Lesson Plans


Potato Prints
Cut a large potato in half. You will need a cookie cutter that will fit on the potato half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potato. Then, using a knife, cut the potato around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a shaped potato stamp. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.



Potato Prints 2
Cut a large potato in half. You will need a cookie cutter that will fit on the potato half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potato. Then, using a knife, cut the potato around the INSIDE of the cookie cutter, leaving a shaped potato stamp. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.


Potato Prints
Cut a large potato in half. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.

Masher Prints
Supply the children with a variety of potato mashers. Have the children dip the mashers in paint, then press onto a piece of paper.

Potato Rubbing 
Cut out oval shapes from sandpaper, textured paper, card stock or lace doilies.  Tape the shapes to the table, then place a piece of paper over the shape.  Have the children rub a crayon over the shape.


Mr. Potato Head Painting
The children can dip the pieces of a Mr Potato head in paint and press onto a piece of paper.  They can also use pieces like a paint brush. 

Mr. Potato Head Sorting
If you have many pieces for your Mr. Potato head, you can have the children sort the pieces by color, type or other criteria.

Mr Potato Head Play
Children can use the figures in the dramatic play area.

Visit a potato farm.

Potato Lacing Cards
Cut out several potato shapes from thick card stock.  You can laminate these to make them last longer.  Punch holes around the edges.  Have the children lace a shoe lace around the edges of the potato shape.

Food and snack ideas:
potato latkes
potato pancakes
potato soup
mashed
french fries
hash browns
baked
tater tots
scalloped

Taste Test
Make a few different potato dishes.  Have the children taste each of the potato dishes.  They can then vote on which kind of potato they like the best and you can graph the results.

One Potato Chant
One potato, two potato, three potato, four.
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more. 

Potato Plants
Help the children insert 3 or 4 toothpicks around the middle of a potato horizontally. Balance the toothpicks on the rim of a glass jar.  Add water to the jar so that it covers the bottom of the potato.  Check the water level often and refill as necessary so the water covers the bottom of the potato.  After about 2 weeks the potato will sprout new spuds. 

Potato Shaped Activities
Cut out several potato shapes from construction paper.  Use these shapes for the following activities.
- cut the shapes from different colors and have the children sort the potatoes by color
- cut out different sized potatoes and have the children sort the potatoes by size
- cut the shapes from card stock then use contact paper to attach them to the floor, have the children hop from one shape to another
- cut the shapes from card stock and use them for seat markers
- cut the shapes from card stock then use contact paper to attach them to the floor in a circle.  Play musical potatoes.  Have the children walk around the potatoes while music plays.  When the music stops, each child should find a potato to stand on.  There should be more potato shapes than children. 
- number the shapes 1 to 6 and have the children place the potatoes in order

Pretend Potato Toss
Use a brown bean bag (or a pair of rolled up brown socks) as a pretend potato.  Have the children try to toss the bean bag into a laundry basket. 

Potato Sack Race
Have a potato sack race, or just have the children pretend they are in a sack and have a hop race. 

Potato Fun
Let a potato sit out in the class and observe what happens.


Hot Potato
Play hot potato with the children. Have the children sit in a circle. You can pick an object to be the potato or play with a real one. Sing "Hot Potato, Hot Potato, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10." The child that has the potato on ten goes in the center of the circle, called the pot. 

Hot Potato
Play hot potato with the children. Have the children sit in a circle. You can pick an object to be the potato or play with a real one. Chant  "Hot Potato, Hot Potato, Hot Potato Hot, Hot Potato, Hot Potato, Hot Potato Stop!" The child that has the potato when the cant gets to "stop" goes in the center of the circle, called the pot.

Hot Potato Parachute 
Use a brown bean bags (or a pairs of rolled up brown socks) as a pretend potatoes.  Place the pretend potatoes on top of a parachute.  Have the children try to shake all the pretend potatoes off of the parachute.  Alternatively they can shake the parachute and try to keep them on the parachute.  

Videos From Sesame Street 
South Potato
The Potato Song
One Potato

Youtube Videos
Hot Potato by the Wiggles
One Potato, Two Potato by Susan Salidor
Sesame Street - One potato, two potato