Potato faces


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To make some fun faces out of baked potatoes, ask an adult to help you find these ingredients and pieces of equipment.


  • 1 large baking potato or sweet potato for each person in your family

  • some of the toppings below to make the characters on pages 4, 5, 6 and 7

To make Owl Eyes

  • cucumber, peas, carrot, red pepper

To make Pesto Man

  • pesto, black olives, baby sweetcorn, green pepper, grated cheese

To make Bean Head

  • baked beans, cucumber, green olives, sweetcorn, cottage cheese

To make Sweetie - using sweet potato

  • alfalfa sprouts, sweetcorn, stuffed olives, tomatoes, radishes


  • fork

  • small sharp knife

  • chopping board

  • oven

1 potato makes 2 faces

Remember! Ask an adult to help with all the peeling and chopping. Wash your hands before you start.

Step 1

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First prick the potatoes with a fork.

Then, ask an adult to bake them in a hot oven (220ºC, 425ºF or Gas Mark 7) for about an hour or until a fork will easily go through the potato.

If you are using sweet potato, only bake for about 40 minutes.

Step 2

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Ask the adult to cut the cooked potatoes in half longways.

Let the potatoes cool down a little then try out some of the faces on the next few pages – or make up your own!

Owl eyes

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Make your potato look like an owl like this:

  • Eyes - cucumber and peas
  • Nose - carrot
  • Mouth - red pepper

Pesto Man

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Scoop out the potato and mash it together with a teaspoonful of pesto then put it back in the potato skin.

Now add these:

  • Eyes - black olives
  • Nose - baby sweetcorn
  • Mouth - green pepper
  • Hair - grated cheese

Bean Head

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Scoop out the potato and mash it up with some cottage cheese then put it back in the potato skin.

Now add these:

  • Hair - baked beans
  • Eyes - cucumber
  • Nose - green olive
  • Mouth - sweetcorn
  • Arms and legs - carrot sticks


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Try using sweet potato instead. It is quicker to cook (bake for about 40 minutes) and tastes delicious!

Make a face from these:

  • Hair - alfalfa sprouts
  • Eyebrows - sweetcorn
  • Eyes - stuffed olives
  • Nose - radish
  • Mouth - tomato

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