We have been very busy exploring pumpkins. I love pumpkin week because there is so much to do with it! Exploring sizes, shapes, sensory, not to mention the great children's books out there about pumpkins! We got out the giant felt board and did the story of The Five Little Pumpkins.
Writing in Beans - I started off dumping out black (uncooked) beans and I made an E with them I asked her if she could also make an E. Turns out this proved to be an intimidating task. I scaffolded the lesson by getting out her workbook and having her fill in the Ee on the page. She was still able to get a feel of the shape of the letter.
Find the Lowercase Letters - This game was so popular last week during fire safety week that I brought it back! I used painters tape and taped a-e lowercase to a tray, then I covered the tray with orange rice and black beans (Halloween Sensory) she used her hands and a paintbrush to look for the lowercase letters. Once she finds them she peels the lowercase letter off the tray and pairs it with the uppercase letters I wrote on the back of scrap paper with marker.
Chalk Letters - Nothing too special and unique about this but sometimes you need to mix it up and trade off of crayon paper to make an idea seem fresh. She really enjoyed writing when it was with chalk.
Kenetic Sand Letters - My daughter is obsessed with kenetic sand (linked here) so I decided to work with that into an educational game. I dug out some number stamps from one of her play doh kits she has and we stamped numbers on it. It was a good opportunity to practice her address!
I Spy - The fun game that has been around for years, we used it in our "pumpkin patch" to help her with her number recognition. She currently struggles with 6 and 9. We started off with me saying "I spy the number....." and she would find the number until no more pumpkins were in the patch. We did this about 2-3 times until she said "ok mommy your turn!" which was great!
Dry Erase - I noticed she was having a really hard time making the number 5, so I tried to find a different way to present it that wasn't a workbook. I came up with dry erase markers and plastic sleeves (linked here). I took a piece of paper and made two 5's one big one small for her to trace and left room for her to practice. I made one big so she can take her time to understand the shape of it and the small for realistic reasons. She traced my 5's and made her own and after awhile she was really getting the hang of it!
Arts and Crafts
Pumpkin Carving - We saved this as our Fun Friday craft. It was great we talked about the pumpkin seeds and how saved some to try to cook later. She played with the "guts" which is great sensory. She told me she liked touching the seeds more than the guts (haha!). She helped me draw a face on with marker so I could carve the face. We did this after I read "Pumpkin Jack" which I strongly recommend! It teaches children about what happens to pumpkins after Halloween.
Five Little Pumpkins - Like I stated above we did felt board stories with The Five Little Pumpkins and afterwards talked about the final scene we made with all the pumpkins on the gate, the witch and flying leaves so we went to our table and painted our own Five Little Pumpkins from the story.
Color Mixing - I did an introductory on color mixing by letting her play with water colors and mixing random colors. Afterward I pulled the red and yellow paint and told her "lets make this pumpkin orange!" she looked at the paper and paint and said where is the orange? when I told her we were going to make it she got really excited!
Painted Pumpkin Part 2 - We painted the pumpkin on Wednesday and on Friday I precut various shapes and pumpkin smiles and she chose which one she wanted for her now jack-o-lantern and glued them on.