Use Potato Head Toys to teach classes, objects, methods, and properties so that students develop hands on experience with abstract topics.

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  • This activity, which takes around 10-15 minutes, introduces students to object-oriented principles.
    • It can also be a great icebreaker on the first day of class by having students introduce themselves through their unique Mr. Potato Head character.
  • Partner Activity:
    • Split students into pairs.
    • Have these pairs of students make:
      • a potato head character.
      • a list describing what it is, what characteristics it has, and what it can do.
  • Group Activity:
    • After completing the partner activity, have students list the characteristics and actions of their Mr. Potato Head out loud to the class while you write these on the board.
      • You’ll want to write characteristics on one section of the board and actions in different section.
    • Once students finish sharing
      • write PROPERTIES above the characteristics and
      • write METHODS above actions.
    • Explain that their Mr. Potato Head character is an object.
      • This object is created from a class that gives the basics of a potato head.
    • Use these ideas to connect object oriented concepts to their Mr. Potato Head.
      • Mr. Potato Head toys are a class
      • A student's finished potato head is an object.
      • Big shoes, wild hair, big eyes, clown nose, are properties.
      • Tells jokes, honks nose, etc. are methods.
  • If you don’t have the physical toy you can use an online Mr. Potato Head.
    • For example: http://mostplays.com/play/Mrpotato_head_21478
    • You could also use Playdough and cookie cutters instead of Mr. Potato Head.