It’s time to revisit yet another tot school theme: Pumpkins! This mostly jack-o-lantern free week of school again coincides with early October and when that first trip to the pumpkin patch is in order. (Don’t forget to wash those pumpkins!)
- Pumpkin “Pin Art”
- Number Write & Match*
- Magnet Build a Pumpkin
- Silhouette Cameo Pumpkin Weaving
- Pumpkin Seed Math
- “My Pumpkin” Reader*
- Pumpkin Patch Picture Puzzle
- Pumpkin Tracing*
- Pumpkin Seed Sensory Tray
- Perler Bead Pumpkin
- 11-20 Maze*
- Pumpkin Patch Coloring Page
- Pumpkin Sight Words
- Stages of a Pumpkin*
Starred items are from This Reading Mama’s Pumpkin PreK-K pack – thank you!
- For this activity we started with a Pin Art Toy that we purchased at Michaels last year. This usually sits around his school area for a simple ‘brain break’.
- But this time, we gave him a pumpkin (and later, gourds) so he could see how the pins move with each item. Super cool!
- We used this pumpkin scene page to practice some number writing.
- I gave him 10 cardstock circles so he could draw the matching number and place it on top of the number on the page!
- This activity is made up of magnets very similar to these “Kidshapes” magnetic Tangrams (I think I purchased what I have from Lakeshore Learning several years ago)
- I just put these on a magnetic toy IKEA baking sheet
- and encouraged him to try to make some pumpkins with the shapes!
- I’m using one of my own activities again! 3 Quick Pumpkin Silhouette Preschool Activities
- I again gave him the two pumpkins with the same strips of paper and ribbon. Have fun weaving!
- We needed to find an activity for our Wilton Pumpkin Silicone Mold – how about some math!
- On cardstock squares, I wrote various simple addition equations and put one in each of the pumpkins
- Then, I put a bunch of pumpkin seeds (from the sensory tray below) in a tray for him to use as counters!
- This is such a fun one from the pumpkin pack to do again!
- I again printed the story pages in black and white, then the sheets of pumpkins in color. (I gave him the full sheet of pumpkins plus scissors and glue so he could do that himself)
- We enjoyed the sight word opportunity of guessing what it says – fat, green, and so on!
- This Pumpkin Patch Picture Puzzle is a cute printable from from Education.com! I like this quick idea for using Photoshop and a coloring page in a new way!
- (We also used the Pumpkin Patch Maze from Education.com as well!
- Printed last time but not used, this is a great (and pretty challenging!) tracing activity from the pumpkin pack.
- Another duplicate from last year’s Pumpkin Seed Sensory Tray The pumpkin seeds are the same as well!
- Once again I figured out an activity where I could spend 10 minutes sorting out the orange, white, and a couple green Perler Biggie Beads from the rest.
- Then, I used the pumpkin from the Roll a Jack-O-Lantern activity last year via 733 Blog – thanks! It was a perfect guide to put inside the Biggie Bead Tray!
- From the pumpkin pack, this was a great activity as we are actively working on the teens right now.
- I ‘rewarded’ him with the 1-10 maze right after he did this one!
- I wanted a good Pumpkin Patch coloring page before we headed there ourselves — and loved this one! There is so many pumpkins!
- This really cool set of Pre-Primer Pumpkin Sight Words from A to Z Teacher Stuff really inspired me to look at sight words more actively!
- We looked at five of the words from the Dolch Pre-Primer list this week – me, you, I, is, in. We are going to add 3 a week (more on that soon!)
- We did this activity from This Reading Mama in two stages. First we just looked at the six cards showing the stages of a pumpkin.
- Later in the week, we added the number cards (1-6) and words that explain each stage!
Once again, thank you to the wonderful This Reading Mama for your Pumpkin PreK-K pack (and everything you do)! (In case you missed the note, all of the starred items are from her pack.)
Somehow, once again, we had another beautiful day at the pumpkin patch! 3 out of 4 years now! I think that is officially an anomaly given where we live. We were frankly too warm this year! We enjoyed picking out several pumpkins. I really wanted a green one, Dad was picking the perfect ones for his carving plans, and E wanted each one at the patch.
Like last year’s pumpkin tot school week, I have enjoyed the pumpkin week because we can enjoy more Halloweeny pumpkins later in the month. I don’t want to think ahead too much, but I can’t help but think what we will do with pumpkins next year!
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