Whether you are using real pumpkins, or making pumpkin inspired crafts or games ... it's all about the PUMPKIN!
Exploring Real Pumpkins
Opening up a real pumpkin and letting young children touch, smell and see what is inside is such a great learning opportunity.
Before opening up the pumpkin, engage the kids in cognitive thinking about the pumpkin (how much does it weigh, how tall/wide is it, does it sink or float, etc). You can have some fun by having children make some predictions about the answers before figuring it out. You can use the fun worksheet to help track the information about your pumpkin.
Pumpkin Crafts and Games
Break out the orange paint (along with some of those pumpkin seeds you scooped out) to make paper plate pumpkins.
Use orange construction paper, tissue paper, felt or fabric to make pumpkin faces from recycled bottles.
Use some more seeds for a fun pumpkin seed counting game.
Use different colors of play dough to make goofy pumpkin play dough faces.
PreK + K sharing PUMPKIN roundup!
Need more "pumpkin" inpiration? We've had several posts on the preK + K sharing blog already! Here's a round up!
Plus, visit our Pumpkin Pinterest board for a whole host of 80+ preschool pumpkin ideas!
Laura Eldredge co-founded the website The SEEDS Network, as a way to provide early childhood professionals with ideas and resources that support them in their quest to provide quality care and education to our youngest learners. She blogs at www.theseedsblog.com.