Kids in the Kitchen: Vegetable Potato People

We’re currently working on a review of the book Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers.  We decided to start with the unit on the five senses because the little kids have never had a five senses unit study.  I thought it might be fun.  So, as I’m scoping the activities, there was one that I really loved as an introductory activity.

I realized as I picked it out that it had been a while since I shared a Kids in the Kitchen type post with you guys and so I thought it would be great to share this activity and just give you a little taste of what you can find in the unit study book.

Making Tomato FacesFor this activity, all you need is some larger potatoes, some toothpicks and several varieties of vegetables to make faces with.  The boys realized quickly that it was easier to poke toothpicks into the tomatoes than the other vegetables, so they very quickly make themselves tomato/potato faces.

A Potato Made Kirby

Owlet just randomly had me put toothpicks in the potatoes for her to decorate with lots of different colors.  Her potatoes didn’t turn out like people 🙂  Rose, on the other hand, spent a great deal of time configuring her face, deciding on the best vegetables and creating a face that made her happy.

Figuring Out the Perfect Potato Face

In the end, after everyone was happy with their potatoes, and we were able to make potatoes for Mommy and Daddy too, we heated the oven to 400 degrees.  I rubbed the potatoes and vegetables with olive oil.  Then, I sprinkled garlic salt and Italian seasoning over the potatoes and baked them for a little over an hour.

Kids in the Kitchen Vegetable Potato People

Once cooked, these were delicious with a little butter, sour cream and cheese on them.  If you’re looking for a full meal, adding a spinach salad with bacon, hardboiled egg and red onion makes a delicious compliment to a potato dinner!


3 thoughts on “Kids in the Kitchen: Vegetable Potato People

    1. It is kind of similar in a delicious way. I was actually just going through your Elizabethan unit last night looking at the books you used. Rose remembers me reading to her about Mary and Elizabeth from the Story of the World, and she wants to learn more, so I was looking for books that might be appropriate 😀

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