Preschool pumpkin play

by Courtney Floyd on September 25, 2013

in Discover and Explore, Preschool pumpkin play

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Over the years, Deborah has shared many, many fun pumpkin activities on Teach Preschool.  Today, we are highlighting a few of our very favorite ways to play with pumpkins…

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Many preschools will take a trip to a pumpkin patch to begin their pumpkin units.  Since we aren’t able to visit a real-life pumpkin patch, we have created our very own pumpkin patch at preschool

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Any time we introduce pumpkins, we begin by exploring the whole pumpkin.  Circle time is the perfect time to examine a pumpkin and all of it’s characteristics.  On this occasion, we discussed the life cycle of a pumpkin

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Next we can explore the concept of how pumpkins grow on vines with a hands-on board game

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We also love to cut open pumpkins to examine the insides.  Did you know that you can dye pumpkin seeds, just like pasta or rice…

Preschool pumpkin play

Our children love any opportunity to play with playdough.  See how we used play dough to create these not-so-scary jack-0-lanterns

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Last year we fully exhausted our real life pumpkin exploration by scooping out their guts, painting the outsides, and then finally using hammers to pound golf tees into them…

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Of course anytime we explore an object such as pumpkins, we try to find other ways to play that we think the children may find interesting.  Our children always love when we offer magnet play, so it was no wonder they had so much fun with these magnetic pumpkin cans

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And finally, no unit on pumpkins would be complete without some art.  We created these fun pumpkin exploration cups for a unique, multi-sensory art experience…

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1 JDaniel4's Mom September 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

What fun! I love everything you did!

2 Lise September 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

We love to whack things into pumpkins with hammers, too: we use nails and recycled stuff to create jack-o-lanterns. I posted some of our pumpkin fun here:
http://inthepurplehouse.blogspot.com/2011/10/pumpkin-play.html

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