Frugal Fun

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Taking Mr. Potato Head to New Lengths

Pomme du terre is literally “apple of the earth” and serves as the term for potato in French.  I love potatoes and find that I always buy too many.  So, bear with me as I share with you my exploration of what the heck I can do with the extras to avoid being wasteful.  If you think about it, this little dirt veggie has a lot of education & entertainment potential.  But, if you don’t think about it… that’s what I’m here for.

From serving as a great visual for plant growth to acting as a conductor of electricity, there’s no real reason for potatoes to go to waste.  Check out these resources I’ve found as proof.

Spotlight on Spuds from NCSU’s Science Junction

  • Featuring: The Potato Clock, Floating Potato & Insulating Potatoes

Potato Power

  • An amazing intro to BASIC electrical engineering… with a potato battery

Potato Craft Dough

  • Edible craft dough.  You don’t have to say “Don’t Eat That!!” with this one.

Potato Maze | Fantastic Family Project

  • An activity featured on PBS Kids that will entertain and amaze.

Potato Chip Can Camera

Potato Chip Bag Bracelet

Potato Launcher

  • Attempt at Your Own Risk .. and at your own house.
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  1. Thanks for the great ideas. We are getting ready to plant potatoes! I’m sure we are going to need a few ideas just to eat them all. 🙂

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  2. You can also cut them in half, carve out shapes, dunk them into paint, use them as stamps on paper. Super simple! 🙂

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  3. 🙂 Thanks for the links… We have a friend coming over Friday (They have in service day at school, so Keenan gets his friend here all day) – it was history day for us, but I think we’ll switch, make it science day and have some potato education!!

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  4. Being from Idaho originally potatoes are a major staple in my life.
    But I am excited to have some fun experiments and projects to do
    with our kids. Thanks!

  5. I am so glad you guys are enjoying this post! I honestly thought it was a super silly idea at first, but I’d totally do these activities, so I’m glad I’m not alone. 🙂

    MommyAmy – Thanks for including the Potato Stamp idea– so easy & so much fun… you can make ANY kind of stamp, too — great for those kiddos with specific tastes.