LITERACY: PUMPKIN NAME COVER UP
Teaching your little learner about letters? Start with the letters in their NAME! Name practice builds excitement around letters and gives our kids a reason for learning them. Check out this fun pumpkin themed idea for encouraging your child to recognize the letters in their own name.
Draw a large pumpkin on a sheet of paper. Inside the pumpkin write various letters being sure to include the letters in your child’s name multiple times. Give your child a cup of pumpkin seeds and have them hunt and cover ONLY the letters in their name.
MATH: SHAPE PUMPKIN
Have fun reviewing and chatting about 2D shapes with this simple make and create again pumpkin activity.
Cut a large pumpkin shape out of orange paper. Cut various sized shapes out of black paper (circles, rectangles, squares, ovals, triangles). Invite your child to add a face to their pumpkin using the cut out shapes. When they are finished ask them to tell you how many of each shape they used to create their face. Have them clear their pumpkin and create again!
WRITING: DRY ERASE PUMPKIN
Getting our kids to begin writing doesn’t have to be hard! Provide lots of opportunities for them to explore and encourage writing!
Set out a small to medium size pumpkin, dry erase markers, and a soft small towel. Encourage your child to write and draw on the pumpkin. You can set alphabet, number, and shape flash cards nearby if you’d like to encourage formation practice.
CRAFT: PAPER PLATE PUMPKIN WREATH
Cut out the center of a paper plate. Give your child orange paper and have them tear it into small pieces. Add glue to the paper plate wreath and cover with the torn orange paper. Add a brown stem and green leaf to the top. Enjoy your pumpkin wreath all fall long!
SCIENCE: PUMPKIN FIVE SENSES
Kids love learning and exploring with their senses! Bring awareness to their senses as they explore some pumpkin treats with this activity.
Set out a small bowl of pumpkin seeds and another with pumpkin puree. Review the five senses (see, taste, hear, touch, smell) then explore the pumpkin goodies and talk about them in regards to your five senses. For example pick up a pumpkin seed and have your child talk about what they see, smell, feel, and taste.
SENSORY: PUMPKIN PIE PLAY
Fill a bowl with shaving cream. Add in a few drops of orange food dye and a dash of pumpkin pie or cinnamon spice. Mix well. Set out the bowl with pie tins and spatulas. Invite your children to play and make pumpkin pies.
Related: Pumpkin Play Dough Tray
MOVE YOUR BODY!
Getting our kids to move every day is a MUST! Head outside on a pumpkin walk and count how many pumpkins you see or check out YouTube and search for some fun “kids pumpkin movement” songs! Here is one of our favorite s that you must try!
Related: FALL SONGS FOR KIDS
I don’t know about you but I’m so ready to bring out all the pumpkin fun this month! I can’t wait to use these ideas with my girls and hope to see you using them with your kids too!
Which simple pumpkin activity is your favorite? Let me know below!
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