It started with a pumpkin.
The weather was amazing, so we set up our pumpkin carving station outside.
I cut the opening in the tops while we discussed our predictions about what the inside would look like this year. Would it be slimy or dry, squishy or hard? How many seeds would there be? Once I got off the tops, they got to work clearing the guts.
I had them put the guts in a bowl for later.
They picked out their stencils and I showed them how to tape it to the pumpkins. I helped the Beans poke holes, tracing his stencil and Busy was able to poke her own.
After tracing, they helped me carve! Full disclosure: Beansie was more interested in sawing and cutting the pieces I cut out. Perfect for fine motor :)
|His pumpkin carving kit even came with|
clever little tool to roll holes across
|Then he started cutting leaves :)|
The bat and the ghosts turned out great!
So now for the "other than carving" part. Along with the fine motor practice (hole punching/rolling, sawing and cutting, scooping and taping,) Busy counted how many holes she punched and Beansie counted the number of cuts he made (math). Beansie noticed that pumpkin and punch both started with the letter P "like in Preston!!" so we started brainstorming other p words (literacy). And instead of throwing out the pumpkin guts, we put them in a gallon zip lock baggie, creating a sensory bag!! I LOVE SENSORY BAGS!!!
|The Beans also tried counting all of the|
pumpkin seeds in the bag :)
And it turns out that there are an uncanny amount of activities you can do with a pumpkin. Here are a few: (click on highlights for links to the projects)
- You can paint pumpkins!! Check out this post on painting pumpkins! And this one, too!
- Make Fizzy pumpkins.
- Count the seeds and practice one-to-one.
- You can hammer golf tees into them
- Grow your own pumpkin by adding soil and water to the inside of a pumpkin!
- Check out Hands On As We Grow for TONS more pumpkin ideas!! Jamie has done a great job compiling an awesome list for all things pumpkins!!