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(RECYCLED!) COUCH POTATOES

Updated: Jul 28


I can’t remember where this idea came from (maybe Juliet?), but we were reminded to follow through when Mr. Potato Head announced the removal of their “Mr.” At the time, we had a bag of old potatoes and a recycling bin full of possibilities. It was the perfect, creative storm




WHAT YOU NEED:

  • items from the recycling bin

  • glue gun

  • paint

  • potatoes

  • pins

  • preferred crafting supplies: pipe cleaners, yarn, googly eyes, straws, felt, pom poms, etc.

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Use recycling bin items to create a couch structure. We used cardboard from an Amazon box, as well as paper plates! We used hot glue to make sure things stayed in place.

  2. Paint or decorate your couch as desired! We stuck with paint but I feel like oil pastels or tissue paper would have been a fun alternative! The girls also sewed some mini pillows and cut out pieces of fabric for throw blankets

  3. While the couch is drying (if painted), begin to make your couch potato(es). I hot glued googly eyes onto the ends of push pins but, otherwise, the girls used the assorted materials to create their own characters. Juliet also made a potato pet!

  4. Arrange your potatoes on the couch. And, BAM! You’ve just made couch potatoes

ACTIVITY EXTENSION:

  • Write a story about your couch potato!

CONNECTION STARTERS:

  • Tell me more about your couch potato!

  • What do you think your couch potato would be doing if they weren’t sitting on the couch?

  • Have you used potatoes in other art activities?

  • What is your favourite way to eat a potato?!

THINGS TO CELEBRATE & ENCOURAGE:

  • safe use of materials (e.g. push pins, glue gun, scissors)

  • executing their couch potato vision

  • sharing materials

  • assisting with clean-up

These cuties are stationed in our kitchen, which is basically our family “headquarters”. All rooms extend from this point where we tend to gather regularly as a family. And now, when people spill out to the other rooms, I’m never left alone


Happy connecting, friends!


XOXO,

Lindsay


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