One-potato, two-potato, sweet potato family!

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Create a sweet potato family and watch how your spuds grow!

Activity Instructions

Use your knife to chop each sweet potato in half.
With the marker, allow your child to create faces (or any design they like!) on the potatoes.
With the popsicle sticks or toothpicks, ask your child where they would like to put the potato's arms and legs? Be sure to place at least two of the sticks so that the potato can hang in the jar with 1-2 inches of the cut portion submerged in water when placed in your jar.
Fill the jar or clear container with water.
Place your potato family in a sunny windowsill.
Every day check to see if your potato family is thirsty and fill the jars with water so that the bottom of the potato remains submerged.
Within a few days, you will see roots starting to bud. After a week or two, shoots and leaves will emerge!
Use the Observation Chart to record your observations!

Supplies Needed

Organic sweet potatoes that will fit inside a jar or clear container
Knife
Marker
Popsicle sticks or toothpicks
Jar or clear container
Water

I Wonder... 

I wonder statements are a great way to introduce concepts to children, stimulate their curiosity while modeling the pleasure of learning, and embrace ideas in a fun and unpressured way!

    I wonder how many family members we will have in our potato family?
    I wonder what their names should be?
    I wonder where the water has gone?
    I wonder what is going to happen to the potato families after a few days?
    I wonder how many leaves each potato will grow?
    I wonder where its roots are?

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