SAM THE SWEET POTATO SEAL
Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable that grows underground. Despite its name, sweet potatoes are not related to potatoes but rather to the morning glory vine. Sweet potatoes have a sausage shape which taper to pointed ends. They have a smooth skin and can be white, red, golden or purple. Young children can use this opportunity to expand their vocabulary while describing the sweet potato. You can guide your children by asking them to describe what they see, feel and taste.
Inside, sweet potatoes have a sweet flesh that can be white, yellow or deep orange. The flesh cannot be eaten raw and in our home, we most commonly eat them baked or mashed. Sweet potatoes are one of the few vegetables that can be used for both savoury and sweet dishes.
The trick to crafting Sam the sweet potato seal is to find a sweet potato that already resembles a seal in its shape and form. The rest mainly involves painting, which my Little boy enjoyed as he loves smearing everything with black paint! Giving Sam some whiskers with yarn is a great fine motor activity for children. If possible use a needle with a large eye so that your children can thread the yarn themselves (younger children will need help with this). The threading and use of a needle helps young children to focus and improve their hand-eye coordination. It also strengthens their hand and fingers, getting them ready for future writing.
Have fun crafting Sam the sweet potato seal!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR SAM THE SWEET POTATO SEAL:
- Sweet potato
- Googly eyes
- Black yarn
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAM THE SWEET POTATO SEAL:
- Paint sweet potato black using poster paint.
- Place googly eyes onto tapered end of sweet potato.
- To make whiskers, thread a short piece of black yarn through a plastic needle and push through tapered end of sweet potato.
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