Perfect for: toddlers and up
An oldie but always a goodie – and something you can roll out for practically every holiday, simply by adjusting the theme. Take a few medium-sized spuds. Cut them cross-ways through the middle, and stick a cookie-cutter deep into the cut end. Then, using a sharp knife, cut away the potato around the shape of the cookie cutter. Once you remove the cutter, you should have a perfect stamp shape. Then, simply dip the end in paint and stamp away! Kids can get creative by making their own gift wrapping paper, tags, cards and suchlike.
|Potato play dough
Perfect for: multi-tasking mums
Fed up with your nippers yomping the expensive manufactured play dough? How about making this tasty alternative that you can actually cook up for lunch too? Bake four or five large potatoes in the oven until they are soft inside. Remove the soft potato from the skins and mix in one to one and a half cups of plain flower. Work the dough with your hands, split it onto two batches and add a few drops of food colouring to one batch. Let the little ones loose on the coloured dough, while you roll the remaining mixture onto little patties and cook them in boiling water for around one minute each. You can then serve the dumplings up with a favourite sauce. Voila! Super-easy kids’ gnocchi.
Perfect for: budding scientists
As well as vitamins, minerals and fibre, every spud packs an electric charge. If you harness it, it’s enough to power a small clock!You will need
Two average-sized spuds
Two galvanized nails
Two short pieces of copper wire
Three alligator clip wires
One battery alarm clock with the battery removed.Pierce each potato with a galvanized nail. Then pierce each potato with a short piece of copper wire – as far away from the nail as possible – and name the potatoes ‘spud 1’ and spud 2’.Use one alligator clip wire to connect the copper wire in spud 1, to the positive section of the battery compartment of the alarm clock. Then, connect spud 2’s copper wire (using another alligator wire clip) to the negative section of the battery compartment. Finally, use the last alligator clip wire to connect the nail in spud 1, to the copper wire in spud two. Now check out your working clock!