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I take no credit whatsoever for this fabulous idea. My friend and colleague was cutting these babies out during one of our meetings and I thought they were amazing. I asked her if I could snap some photos and blog about her awesomeness, and she was even more awesome to agree. Thanks Melissa!

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Welcome to Mr. and Mrs. {felt} potato head. OMG love. It’s really simple and cheap too! Melissa shared that she free-handed most of the pieces. However, if you are not as talented as her (like this girl is not) there are templates all over the internet that you can print off.

After free-handing many options on paper, she traced the features on felt. A few of the pieces (like the eyes and decals on the purse) require hot gluing, but for the rest all you have to do is cut!

My one suggestion is to get a small whiteboard and cover it with felt to have a hard surface for your new creations.

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Now this craft is clearly awesome for any child, regardless of if you are a a parent or teacher or SLP. The possibilities for its use in therapy are endless, but here are a few ideas:

Following Directions: Play a version of “Simon Says” with Potato Head. You can call out the different directions, increasing in speed and complexity. Or let a child be the caller and you follow along. See if he/she can catch you making a mistake!

Prepositions: This activity just screams prepositions to me! Make it silly and have a child put the eyes under the nose.

Compare and Contrast: Have students design their own potato head and then ask them to name similarities and differences between the two.

You can also pair this activity with whatever articulation/language/fluency goal you are working on. For example: have the child say a word with the target sound (or sentence with the target language structure or whatever). As a reward for completing a trial, he/she gets to pick a piece.

 

Do you love Potato Head as much as me? What would you use this activity for?

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