Everybody loves toys. As a mom of a toddler and a grader, I try to find toys that stimulate my children. Indeed, toys are not just for fun. They also serve as channels of learning for our children.
I recently bought a Mrs. Potato Head toy for my daughter and I just had to talk about its simple beauty. The Mrs. Potato Head toy is manufactured by Playsckool and has been around since the 80s. It is a girl version of the classic Mr. Potato Head. Mrs. Potato Head is labeled as an “Ages & Stages” toy fit for children aged 2 and above. The box described Mrs. Potato Head as a “mix ‘n match fun” toy with “lots of pieces to create funny faces!”
As an educator, I see a myriad of teaching opportunities parents can have with the Mrs. Potato Head toy. Here are examples:
- Use the pieces to teach conceptual knowledge through naming the different parts of the face and body. You may also use the different accessories.
- Use the toy to teach correct placement of the various parts of the face and body. This does not just teach conceptual knowledge but also enhances the fine motor skills of your child.
- Teach counting and colors using the various pieces of Mrs. Potato Head. You can even have your child count the holes on the potato!
- Encourage creative thinking by exploring various combinations of the face and body parts
- Encourage imagination through pretend play by pairing the toy with other toys to create a variety of scenarios
- Teach social skills by taking turns putting in the various pieces
- Teach empathy by using the incomplete Mrs. Potato Head to illustrate special needs and disabilities and discussing with your child about these realities
Indeed, the Mrs. Potato Head toy is not just a toy. It is genius toy design. In the Philippines, Mrs. Potato Head retails for about PhP450.00.