Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns

Theme: Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns
Honey Pot is 2 years and 5 months old
Little M&M is 7 months old

A Visit To The Pumpkin Patch

We took our annual trip to the pumpkin patch to kick off this week’s theme!


We borrowed Oh My, Pumpkin Pie and Pooh’s Pumpkin from the library this week. We enjoyed them both, and read them often throughout the week!

Knuckle Pumpkins

I found this idea on Pinterest. Unfortunately the original pinner didn't pin it properly so I’m not sure which blog the original comes from. First Honey Pot painted her knuckles orange.

Then she pressed it down onto the paper to make a pumpkin!

And finally we added green fingerprint stems.

Very cute craft!

Jack-O-Lantern Balloon Toss

I added some flour to the bottom of these balloons to weigh them down a bit, and drew jack-o-lantern faces on them.

Then Honey Pot and I took turns tossing them into a Halloween bowl.

It was a fun game. But of course, where do you think these balloons wound up later in the week?


Felt Board Jack-O-Lanterns

I created another set for our homemade felt board!

When Honey Pot woke up and saw them there, she got so very excited! We played with them right away.

I took the numbers back out and put one above each pumpkin. Throughout the week, as we played with these, I would ask her if she wanted pumpkin #1 or pumpkin #2, pointing to each number as I asked. And I would take the other.

These were such a huge hit!

Pumpkin Snack

I found a wonderful pumpkin dip recipe from a blog called Carolina Charm. So Honey Pot and I had some fun in the kitchen this week. We prepared the dip one morning, then let it chill for several hours. I cut up a couple apples, and let her stir them in lemon-lime soda to keep them from browning.

Then we cut open a small pumpkin and carved it. And we served the dip in it with apple slices and Nilla wafers. This was delicious!

Pumpkin Pulp Sensory Bag

While Honey Pot and I were busy in the kitchen, I gave the pumpkin pulp and seeds to Little M&M in a freezer bag. He seemed to enjoy it!

And since Honey Pot always enjoys exploring with her feet during sensory activities, I helped Little M&M to do so too!

Add a pumpkin to investigate:

Roll it around…

And you have a happy boy!

Pumpkin-Scented Playdough

We returned to the kitchen to whip up a batch of pumpkin-scented playdough, the recipe courtesy of a blog called The Studio. I measured out all of the ingredients ahead of time, and Honey Pot poured them all into the bowl and whisked them up.

Add some water:

And, very carefully, she helped me stir the pot over the stove while it thickened.

Knead the dough…

And finally, playtime! We began by making pumpkin shapes!

And adding vines out of chenille stems.

Then we went to her craft table and extended the fun with some playdough mats that I printed from Storytime and More. I didn’t laminate them, but instead I just stuck some con-tact paper over them. It worked really well!

Then we used her new playdough to make faces on the pumpkin shape. She squished, rolled, molded and cut to her delight.

And we rolled them into snakes and tried laying them out on the template.

She even got out her other homemade playdoughs to play some more!

Little M&M wanted to play too!

Jack-O-Lantern Sensory Bag

Another sensory bag for Little M&M, because it is so easy to prepare and keeps him so happy while I do big kid stuff with Honey Pot! I just squeezed some shaving cream into a freezer bag and tinted it orange. Then I drew a jack-o-lantern face onto another bag, and put it over the first bag. (Little M&M has two teeth now, so we don’t want him getting into this mixture!)

He had lots of fun playing with it and of course, putting it in his mouth.

Honey Pot tried showing him how to squish it with her hands.

But he didn't care to do that. So I found a way! While he was standing up at one of his toys, I placed it on top. He was so focused on using his hands to stand up that he couldn't put it in his mouth. Success!

Five Little Pumpkins Poem

While printing out the activities below, I recited this poem to Honey Pot:

Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one says, "Oh my! it's getting late".
The second one says, "there are witches in the air".
The third one says, "But we don't care".
The fourth one says, "let's run and run and run".
The fifth one says, "I'm ready for fun!".
Then Ooooo went the wind and out went the lights,
and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

She enjoyed it so much that she had me repeat it a few times in a row! We went back to it a couple times throughout the week, and soon she was saying it with me!

Pumpkin Number Matching Puzzles

This printable came from a blog called Lesson Pix. I thought it would be a nice number review! Honey Pot started off well with the first three numbers while I cut out the rest.

Then as we were about to embark on six numbers at once, she did number one and lost interest. Ah, well. Win some, lose some!

Writing Practice

I found this in a large pack of free printables from 2 Teaching Mommies. I only recently introduced this type of activity to Honey Pot. I provided her with a small pencil, and asked her to lead the children to the pumpkin patch by tracing the line. She did it entirely by herself this time!

And I think she did quite well!

Pumpkin Seed Sensory Bin

Originally I tried giving Honey Pot the pumpkin innards as a sensory bin…but she didn’t really want to touch it…

So I picked out the seeds and cleaned them up for her to explore instead. There was just a bit of water on them when I gave them to her, which made them slippery and fun! I gave her two bowls and some utensils.

And she went to town! This activity kept her busy for a long time!

She dug her hands in again and again.

Decorating Pumpkins

Honey Pot will be Cinderella this year, so we had her paint Cinderella’s carriage. First she painted it blue, then added some glitter!

And then her Daddy carved out a door. It came out great!

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