This activity can be used to support memory development, learn parts of an object, label and identify objects. This activity can also be modified to incorporate speech sounds by articulating the beginning letter sounds (f, sh, s), for example: face, shoes, sock, etc.
Using the playdough theme, have fun making potato head features like those displayed below. Now you are ready to play the game.
Begin by presenting each object one at a time lining them up in a row, carefully naming each item. As each item is introduced slowly emphasize the beginning letter sounds.
Variation game play 1
Make your very own potato head. To do this, draw an oval shape onto a piece of paper and add some ears. Then add various potato head features.
Next, explain what’s going to happen. Either cover the potato head or have the child close their eyes while a feature is removed. Once an item is removed have the child open their eyes and make a guess of what is missing. If they are having difficulty guessing, you could offer a hint such as, it can be worn.
Variation game play 2
For more of a challenge, all potato head features can be placed together on a tray following the same instructions as above.
After — What's missing?
Finally after having played a few rounds of the game, enjoy some free play and have fun creating your very own potato heads!