Even though the Mr. Potato Head toy was around two years before I was born (yes THAT long ago!), I never had one when growing up.
And, I don’t recall that our kids had one. (My husband says he thinks that they did but I think he’s wrong!)
So, I was totally jazzed to find that there was a FREE Mr. Potato Head app for the iPhone and iPad. Of course I had to download it to my iPad so that I could play it with my grandkids!
There are TONS of types of Mr. Potato Head characters to choose from — king, ballerina, Neanderthal, punk rocker, cowboy, clown, magician, robot . . . Well, there really aren’t tons. There are 32 which sure is a lot of to choose from in my estimation!
Just take a look!
Aren’t those fun?
I loved the pirate one. Isn’t he a cutie?
This wizard also captured my heart.
There are 15 different settings to put your Mr. Potato Head in — an enchanted castle, circus, under the sea, birthday party, jungle volcano, or space station to name a few.
Here’s Mr. Wizard Potato Head in his enchanted castle scene.
So, once you have your little character in a special setting, what is there to do?
I’m so glad you asked. There are 6 ‘buttons’ that your grandchild can tap on. See the circle buttons at the bottom the picture?
Different things happen when you press them. Like his nose will fall off. Or he will pick a flower and sneeze and the sneeze blows off all of his body parts. Or a critter will come and threaten him.
Do you see the round button with a picture of a camera? When you press that, it will take a screen shot.
There are several things you can do with the picture. You can print it up, e-mail it, or save it to Facebook. Wouldn’t it be fun to print up several pictures and staple them together to make a little book?
It’s good and well to have your grandchild put the wizard in the enchanted castle scene. That’s kind of a given, isn’t it? But, why not put him in a different one? Like on a planet in outer space.
What if you put the pirate in the ice age?
I suggest that you scoop up a grandchild, snuggle on the couch, and play Mr. Potato Head together. Talk with your grandchild as you do. Ask questions such as, what is different between a pirate potato head and a clown one? What would happen to a ballerina is she were under the sea? What critters would threaten Mr. Potato Head in a jungle volcano scene?
Asking questions like these will help your grandchild develop critical thinking skills which is an invaluable skill to have! Your grandchild will benefit from having them all throughout his life.
Have fun playing this game together!