Mashed Potato Bites

This kid-pleasing idea is not only fun, it’s nutritional potand a great way to use your left-over mashed potatoes!

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Spoon your mashed potatoes into ice cube trays and freeze.

When ready to eat, pop your frozen shapes out onto a non-stick baking tray.

Spritz the top of each one with spray olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Pop into a pre-heated oven at 180° for 18 minutes (or until golden brown on top).

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Did you know?

Potatoes can be GIGANTIC!!!  The world’s largest pgo giantsotato weighed in at 18 pounds! That’s enough for 73 orders of medium fries at McDonalds!!!

In 1995, Potato Plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia.  This marked the first time any food was ever grown in space!potatoes-in-space

One baked potato with the skin, is only 100 calories and has more Vitamin C than an orange.

Potato chips and French fries are made from real potatoes, so although they are high in fat, they still provide some daily nutrients.  Like any food, they should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet.imagesD5Y0H72B

If you are athletic, the carbohydrate energy from potatoes will refuel hard working muscles to help them recover and keep going!potato0001

The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.

The very first potatoes that were planted in North America was in Derry New Hampshire in the year 1719.

 

 

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Potato Jokes

What do you call a baby potato?  – A “Small fry”!

What do you say to an angry 300 pound baked potato?  – Anything, you just butter him up!!

Why did the potato cross the road?  – He saw a fork up ahead!!

Why do potatoes make good detectives?  – Because they keep their eyes peeled.

What do you call a lazy baby kangaroo?   -A pouch potato.

Why did the french fry finish last in the potato race?   -He couldn’t ketchup.

What is the scariest day for a potato?   -Fry-day.

How come potatoes never get lost?   -They always take the same root home.

What did the teacher say to the bad spud?   -You’ll never sprout to anything.

Where were the first French Fries made?  -In Greece!

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Potato Power

How to Make a Potato Battery

Making a clock run on potato power is easier that you might think. This project is easy, bizarre and makes a sweet science fair project or chemistry experiment. Who knew potatoes could be so empowering?

What You Need:

  • Two Potatoes
  • Two short pieces of heavy copper wire
  • Two common galvanized nails
  • Three alligator clip/wire units (alligator clips connected to each other with wire)
  • One simple low-voltage LED clock that functions from a 1- to 2-volt button-type battery

Steps:

  1. Remove the battery from the battery compartment of the clock.
  2. Make a note of which way around the positive (+) and a negative (-) points of the battery went.
  3. Number the potatoes as one and two.batt
  4. Insert one nail in each potato.
  5. Insert one short piece of the copper wire into each potato as far away from the nail as possible.
  6. Use one alligator clip to connect the copper wire in potato number one to the positive (+) terminal in the clock’s battery compartment.
  7. Use one alligator clip to connect the nail in potato number two to the negative (-) terminal in the clock’s battery compartment.
  8. Use the third alligator clip to connect the nail in potato one to the copper wire in potato two and set the clock!

 

How the Potato Clock works

A potato battery is an electrochemical battery, otherwise known as an electrochemical cell. An electrochemical cell is a cell in which chemical energy is converted to electric energy by a spontaneous electron transfer. In the case of the potato, the zinc in the nail reacts with the copper wire. The potato acts as a sort of buffer between the zinc ions and the copper ions. The zinc and copper ions would still react if they touched within the potato but they would only generate heat. Since the potato keeps them apart, the electron.

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Kids love stamping

Potato stamps are a cheap and easy option to meet their crafting needs.

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Courtesy of Heather at SheKnows

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Potato Pots

Create a funny potato head with hair. Watch the hair grow and have fun giving your potato head a haircut.

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Materials

Large potato

Cotton balls or soil

Googly eyes

Marker pen

White glue

Cress seed

Spoon and knife

 

 

Cut a slice off both ends of the potato so that it can stand up by itself.  Scoop a hollow into the top of the potato using a spoon.  Glue google eyes to the front of the potato and draw a face with the marker pen.  Fill the hollow with cotton wool or soil and water well.  Cover the surface of the soil or cotton wool with cress seed or grass seed.  Put your potato on a windowsill and keep the seeds well watered.

You should see growth within a week and once the shoots appear they will grow quickly which keeps it interesting for preschoolers.  Have fun giving your funny potato head a haircut with some scissors!

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