Kids and Spuds
Q- Why did the potato cross the road?
A- She saw a fork up ahead!!
Q- What do you call a baby potato?
A- A “Small fry”!
Q-What do you say to an angry 300 pound baked potato?
A- Anything, you just butter him up!!
Interesting Potato Facts for Kids
Potatoes can be GIGANTIC!!! The world’s largest potato weighed in at 18 pounds! That’s enough for 73 orders of medium fries at McDonalds!!!
- In 1995, Potato Plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia. This marked the first time any food was ever grown in space!
- One baked potato with the skin, is only 100 calories, has more Vitamin C than an orange, and more potassium than a banana.
- Potato chips and French fries are made from real potatoes, so although they are high in fat, they still provide some daily nutrients. Like any food, they should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy diet.
- If you are athletic, the carbohydrate energy from potatoes will refuel hard working muscles to help them recover and keep going!
- Canadians consume, on average, 145 pounds of potatoes per year!
Links for Kids
Teacher Activities / Information
Your students can create Potato batteries, in this quick and economical experiment.
Through photosynthesis, the potato plant converts the suns energy into starches and sugars stored in the potato. Using different types of metals (such as zinc and copper) you can use the energy from the starches and sugars to make electricity. The electricity can then be converted into light energy with a light emitting device like an LED (light emitting diode).
Please note- You must use an LED for this. Regular incandescent bulbs must convert the energy into heat with the light being a by-product of this conversion. You would need approximately 500 potatoes to have enough energy to light an incandescent bulb.
Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on assembling potato batteries, either in series or in parallel as well as with differing variables.