Potato bag monster


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


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!)


  • 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

We've won awards!

Winner of the Drum Marketing Awards 2017
Winner of the ERA 2017 awards
Winner of the Third Sector 2017 awards