I have been keeping our tub of Mr. Potato Head toys around just for this activity that I have been planning to do for awhile because “it’s so funny!” (according to my kids). I finally found the time to make a free printable spinner to complete the game–so all you need is a tub of Mr. Potato Head parts and you are ready to play the 5 Senses Potato Head Game! It’s the perfect way for kids to learn about their body (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell) and sensory organs (eyes, ears, tongue, nose, hands/skin). As your kids play, they wont even notice they are learning because they will be too busy building their potato.
The free printable includes 3 different versions of the game spinner so you can adjust the game for different age levels. One spinner has only words, one spinner has words and pictures, and the final spinner has only pictures. Also included in the free printable is writing and coloring page prompts for kids to write and draw what each sense helps them see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. My kids got really silly (a.k.a.—gross) with the smell one… I wonder what your kids will come up with to sense :).
Learning About the 5 Senses Potato Head Game
Learning About the 5 Senses Game (available to download for free at the end of this post)
Mr.Potato Head Set-affiliate link (each player needs a potato)
To make the spinner select which one you are going to use for the game, print it out, and then cut around the edge. I printed our spinners on cardstock to make sure it was strong enough to last through the game. Next, cut out an arrow (I used craft foam but I have also seen people use a paperclip), and attach them together with a metal fastener so that the arrow spins.
Review the following before playing the game: eyes help us see, ears help us hear, hands and skin help us touch, tongue helps us taste, nose helps us smell.
To play the game have children take turns spinning the spinner, selecting a potato head accessory that matches the sense the spinner landed on, and putting the accessory on their Mr. Potato Head in any of the available holes. Once all the holes are filled the game has ended. My kids giggled all through this activity because their Mr. Potato heads turned out so absurd that they couldn’t help but laugh–then they asked to play the game over and over again.
Update: Another way to play this game would be to have the kids build Mr. Potato Head with the parts placed in the correct spot. For example if the child’s spinner lands on sight they would put their eyes in the eye spot on the Potato Head. On the child’s next turn if the spinner lands on eyes again it would be the next players turn because their potato already had eyes. Whoever builds their potato first would win.
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FREE PRINTABLE: Learning About the 5 Senses Game
5 Senses Activities by the Creative Preschool Team:
My Five Senses & Popcorn Preschool Observation Mini Book by I Heart Crafty Things
Textured Hot Air Balloon Sensory Craft by Artsy Momma
Five Senses Collage Mini Book by School Time Snippets
Thanks for learning and playing with us today. If you enjoyed this free printable and activities please pin & share it with others! Love, Katie & the Kiddos