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Make a potato bag monster

Activity

Create a bag monster in the dark with a shop bought potato!

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): English, Science, Art&DT

Learning objectives

  • Explore the requirements a plant needs for growth
  • Look at the functions of different parts of a plant
  • Grow a plant from a 'tuber'
  • Record your findings in a report or as a story
  • Be creative in producing an individual potato character

Preparation 

Choose a potato from any variety of supermarket potatoes. Create a character by giving your potato a face and put it in a paper bag. Place the bag in a dark place for as long as you can (be patient!)

Equipment

  • Potato
  • Paper bag
  • Permanent marker
  • Dark place

Step by step

Create your potato character

  1. Select your own potato 
  2. Create a character by giving your potato eyes, nose and mouth with a permanent marker pen
  3. Put your potato into a paper bag
  4. Put the bag into a dark place for at least a week
  5. After some time open up the bag and see if your potato has turned into a monster! 

Record your findings

  1. Write a news report about what you have found out
  2. Create a narrative about your potato monster, describe the setting and what happened in the dark to turn your character into a monster!
  3. Write your story from the potato's point of view  

Hints & tips

  • Make holes in the bag with a hole puncher and see if this has any effect on the growing
  • Try keeping the bag at different temperatures
  • Grow a potato in a container and harvest potatoes to see the full life cycle

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