JACKET POTATO MICE
We are having such fun and learning so much about fruits and vegetables while contributing to the A-Z healthy eating series. The series has reached the letter “J” so we have decided to craft with a jacket potato – to make jacket potato mice!
A jacket potato is a potato that has been baked. When well cooked, a baked potato is fluffy in the inside with a crispy skin. This is a great opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary in describing the jacket potato visually. Children will enjoy the sensory experience of crafting with a jacket potato too. The jacket potato is soft to the touch, its skin is dry and crispy while the inside is soft and pliable like playdough!
My boys had so much fun with this craft and I have no doubt yours will too! They found it so satisfying to poke, squish and mash the baked potato. This craft is so brilliant for a fine motor workout with all the poking, prodding and mashing involved.
Your little ones are sure to beg you to taste the baked potato as you craft. My boys cannot resist baked potatoes with some lightly salted butter and ham.
Have fun making these cute little jacket potato mice!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR JACKET POTATO MICE:
- Jacket potato
- Googly eyes
- Brown chenille sticks
- Mini pom poms
- Pink cardboard scraps
INSTRUCTIONS FOR JACKET POTATO MICE:
- Ensure the jacket potato has cooled fully before crafting with it.
- Using your fingers, peel off the skin on the top of the jacket potato to expose the soft white flesh.
- Use a fork to lightly poke, prod and mash the exposed flesh of the jacket potato.
- Place googly eyes on one end of jacket potato.
- For the nose, place a mini pom pom on tip of jacket potato. The pom pom will stick to the white flesh of the potato.
- To make whiskers, use black acrylic paint to paint ends of toothpicks.
- Push toothpicks on either side of nose.
- To make the ears, cut out semi-circle shape from pink cardboard and push into sides of head.
- To make the tail, push brown chenille stick into back of body.
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.