Learning about pumpkins is a lot of fun! Most children carve pumpkins before Halloween and they see pumpkins everywhere in the month of Octobers. I always encourage the parents to take their children to the local pumpkin patch to see how pumpkins grow. We just finished a theme on apples, so the children are aware of how fruit and vegetables grow.
Supplies to purchase:
Orange construction paper
Yellow and Red paint
Activity: Red and Yellow makes Orange
Teacher puts some yellow paint into a cup and add a small portion of red. Have the children identify the colors in the cup. Ask the children to mix the colors and see what color they get. Once they had created orange, they are now ready to paint a pumpkin. You can find a clip art picture or color page of a pumpkin, or cut a pumpkin shape from white paper.
Carving a Pumpkin – this is a gooey fun activity for the kids. I cut the bottom of the pumpkin first to give it a sturdy base. I have the children take the insides out and examine what is inside. They said it looked gross but they loved touching it. I had bought some salted pumpkin seeds for them to taste as we carved the pumpkin.
I cut a Jack-o-Lantern face from our pumpkin. I did not have a candle or lighter, so I used my Iphone flashlight to give it a glow. It actually worked better than a candle.
Make a Pumpkin Face Activity
Using orange, green and black felt, I cut out a shape of a pumpkin and parts of a Jack-o-Lantern face. The children had fun making different faces with the felt pieces.
Pumpkin Pie Play Dough
The highlight of our Pumpkin Week was my homemade Pumpkin Pie Play Dough. It was easy to make and will last weeks if kept in an air tight container.
Make a Pumpkin Puppet
Children made their own pumpkin puppets using orange tissue paper and Mod Podge. I cut pumpkin shapes using white cardstock. I brushed a layer of mod podge and the children placed the orange tissue squares on the pumpkins. I then brushed the pumpkins again with a top layer of the mod podge. Once the pumpkins were dry, I glued the pumpkins to a lunch bag to make a puppet. I used my cutter punches to make black construction paper shapes. The children used the shapes to make faces on their pumpkins.
Fine Motor Skill Pumpkin Activity
Using a cardstock cut-out of a pumpkin, the children used tongs to lift color pom poms to cover the pumpkin. The children really enjoyed this activity.
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