What can your preschooler do while you make potato soup?

Here are a few potato activities to keep your preschoolers busy while you are making potato soup!

Paper Potatoes

This is simple but I thought it was kinds of fun…

Simply cut or tear a potato shape from a brown paper bag…

Set out a little green paint and make fingerprints on the potato for the eyes…

I told you it was simple:)

Potato Peel Soup

Save the scraps from that brown paper bag….

Children can work on those fine motor skills while tearing the brown paper bag into strips for their own bowl of potato peel soup!


Potato Scrubbing

Toss a few potatoes in a bowl of water for a little potato scrubbing water play…

Potato Watercolor Printing

Cut a potato in half and set out on a paper towel along with a bowl (or several bowls) of colored water. I added lots of food color to make the water have a deeper color…

Now while you are finishing up your pot of potato soup your preschooler can make potato print designs!

Try potato stamping from Kiboomu!

Potato Masher Painting from House of Baby Piranha

Hot Potatoes from Little Running Teacher

Growing Potatoes from Polwig

By |2011-03-15T22:44:30+00:00March 15th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Melissa @ The CHocolate Muffin Tree March 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    I love all these activities!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 16, 2011 at 12:06 am - Reply

      Thank you Melissa:)

  2. chitra murthy September 19, 2011 at 11:13 am - Reply

    hide baby potatoes in your sand pit. let children harvest the potatoes digging into the sand.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Great idea!

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