World Book Day: Why some schools decorate potatoes

SpiderSpud and a potato Winne The Pooh came to play for Creeting St Mary's World Book Day Picture: C

SpiderSpud and a potato Winne The Pooh came to play for Creeting St Mary's World Book Day Picture: CREETING ST MARY CEVA PRIMARY SCHOL - Credit: Archant

Some schools in Suffolk are swapping the superhero costumes for spuds this World Book Day.

SpiderSpud and a potato Winne The Pooh came to play for Creeting St Mary's World Book Day Picture: C

SpiderSpud and a potato Winne The Pooh came to play for Creeting St Mary's World Book Day Picture: CREETING ST MARY CEVA PRIMARY SCHOL - Credit: Archant

Creeting St Mary CEVA Primary school pupils arrived with potatoes decorated in the image of their favourite book characters.

A Super Spud in full costume for World Book Day 2020 Picture: MARTLESHAM PRIMARY

A Super Spud in full costume for World Book Day 2020 Picture: MARTLESHAM PRIMARY - Credit: Archant

Senior teacher at Creeting St Mary, Lucy Fawkner, said: "We just thought it would be a good idea to give the children a different thing to do, some of them have been really creative.

SpiderSpud and a potato Winne The Pooh came to play for Creeting St Mary's World Book Day Picture: C

SpiderSpud and a potato Winne The Pooh came to play for Creeting St Mary's World Book Day Picture: CREETING ST MARY CEVA PRIMARY SCHOL - Credit: Archant

"We have had a fancy dress day for other events at the school and this way parents don't have to buy or make another costume.

A Super Spud in full costume for World Book Day 2020 Picture: MARTLESHAM PRIMARY

A Super Spud in full costume for World Book Day 2020 Picture: MARTLESHAM PRIMARY - Credit: Archant

"All the classes are doing something different to celebrate the day, one of the classes is reading about The Gruffalo and later they'll be making Gruffalo crumble.


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"I don't think it'll have the purple prickles though."

This idea has appeared in Suffolk before - in 2019, Hadleigh Community Primary School asked children to pick potatoes over costumes.

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Martlesham Primary schoolchildren also decorated potatoes for World Book Day this year.

Head teacher Emma Churchman said: "We felt that decorating a potato was a creative way for the children to present their favourite book characters and not pressure parents to buy or make a costume. "This has really reinforced their love of books."

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