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National Mr. Potato Head Day – April 30 – Fun Facts and History

April 30 is celebrated annually each year as National Mr. Potato Head Day. Join us for some fun facts about the history of this fun day that is dear to the young at heart, as well as those wanting to be more like a kid again.

April is a month full of national days devoted to all sorts of unusual things. Check out the full list of April national days here.

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with.  Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.

Mr. Potato Head in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Many national days are designated to food activities but that is by no means the only reason for a national day.  Mr. Potato Head day is one of those unusual days. 

See also National Sticker Day for another.

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What is Mr. Potato Head?

Mr. Potato Head is an American toy, invented by Hasbro in 1952, that consists of a plastic potato which is decorated by using a variety of plastic parts that can be attached to it.Mr. Potato Head

The parts include eyes, ears, a hat, a nose and a mouth. Over the years, the list of extras grew into items such as a car and a boat trailer! Mrs. Potato Head soon joined her husband a year later.

Fun facts about Mr. Potato HeadNational Mr. Potato Head Day

Brush up on your knowledge of Mr. Potato Head with these fun facts. Some may surprise you!

  • The toy originally was made as separate parts that could be attached to a real potato but they got complaints about rotting vegetables and then introduced the plastic potato as a part of the toy in 1964.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head are best known for their appearances in the Toy Story series of movies.
  • There was a television show produced in 1998 called The Mr. Potato Head Show but it only lasted one year.
  • A Mr. Potato Head Balloon is featured in the Thanksgiving Macy’s Day Parade.
  • There is a large Mr. Potato Head at Disneyland Resort.
  • Mr. Potato Head was originally called “Funny Face Man.”
  • In 1975, the potato part of the toy was doubled in size.
  • Mr. Potato Head was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the year 2000.
  • Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to have a commercial.
  • It took Mr. Potato Head 35 years to kick the smoking habit!
  • Mr. Potato Head went on a diet in 2011, getting a more svelte body size.
  • Mr. Potato Head is made in several classic characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Spiderman and several Sesame Street Spuds.
  • Mr. Potato Head is not just a toy.  He’s been seen near vegetable gardens too! Now that’s a garden gnome!Mr. Potato Head Garden Gnome

How to celebrate National Mr. Potato Head Day

Would you like to celebrate National Mr. Potato Head Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.

  • Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #nationalmrpotatoheadday.
  • Celebrate both Toy Story and Mr. Potato Head with Woody’s Tater Roundup Woody’s Tater Roundup.
  • Enjoy a game of cards with Mr. Potato Head Rummy.
  • Spend the day doing putting together Mr. Potato Head or other puzzle games.
  • Treat your child to the story Mr. Potato Head Stickers.
  • Make some Mr. Potato Head Cupcakes.

More national days in April

There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in April. Be sure to check out this post to discover more about the national days in April.

Be sure to also check out these unusual national days this month:

If you enjoy doing puzzles, be sure to check out the word search printable of national days in April.  It is a great way to keep track of some fun national days.

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April 30 is Mr. Potato Head Day. Click through for some fun facts about the history of this popular toy.

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