The Potato King-A Storybook Inspired Project.

By Jenna Richter | March 14, 2016 | Arts, Literacy, Project Work

Harlow, Finn and I always have a few extra minutes to pop into the library as we transition over to Thorp in the afternoon.  The librarian does a beautiful job of picking picture books and facing them so the covers entice us.  Harlow picked The Potato King by Christoph Nieman.  It’s the history of potatoes and how a king tricked his reluctant country men to plant and learn to love them.  All the illustrations are done with potato stamps.

 

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Harlow was very interested in trying to carve up our own stamps the next day so I brought in some potatoes.  I cut them in half and then the K-1 students carved their potatoes.

 

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Most students seemed to enjoy the process of cutting the potatoes more than making a specific shape.

 

Louie carved deep and shallow grooves on her potato.
Louie carved deep and shallow grooves on her potato.

 

Harlow had something else in mind.  He carved a block so he could build anything just like in Minecraft.  When he was done carving he set to work stamping and creating a wall.

 

Each block was then filled in with yellow fingerprinting.
Each block was then filled in with yellow fingerprinting.

 

Harlow added Steve and was pretty thrilled with how it came out.  We took it over to show the librarian how her book choice had inspired us.

 

The final outcome.
The final outcome.

 

A project can be short or long in a Project Based program.  It’s the teachers role to look for opportunity and interest and help children to develop their ideas.  Harlow went on to make another potato stamp at home and continue his project.