While I have many favorite toys to use with the kids, (future blog topic) I LOVE Mr. Potato Head, as well as his wife and kids.
|Mr., Mrs., and the kids|
Mr. Potato Head is a character that encourages children to use their imagination in creating different people and it has so many different benefits to its play.
Colors can be identified. Body parts can be named. Fingers can be counted. Accessories can be added and taken away.
|Mr. Police Head|
I typically allow children to make a "silly face" in which they put the pieces in whatever order they want before we then place them accurately. If a child is having difficulty, we look at our faces in a mirror. We create a pattern, "eyes, nose, mouth" and transfer that to the Potato Head.
Children love the many different accessories. They have so much fun playing with their new friend Mr. Potato Head that they don't even realize they are learning in a developmentally appropriate way!
Nowadays, Mr. Potato Head is also available with female accessories as well as a miniature toy with smaller parts, similar to a baby Potato Head.
Katie Zink, ITFS/P