DIY Pumpkin Puzzles

DIY Pumpkin Puzzles

We have been exploring the outside and the inside of pumpkins all week long and along the way, I happened to notice that my younger preschoolers are particularly fascinated with putting the lids on and off the pumpkins that are sitting on this shelf. I have titled this post DIY  Pumpkin Puzzles because that is exactly what these are only I didn’t intend for them to be puzzles…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

The pumpkins sitting on this shelf were prepared by my prekindergarten class yesterday. The prekindergarten children cleaned out small pumpkins as part of their exploration of the insides of a pumpkin. After the children left for the day, I finished making sure all the pumpkins were completely cleaned out and then set them on this shelf until the prekindergarten children can take them home this week…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

But when my younger class of children came to preschool this morning, they were all about opening up each pumpkin that was on the shelf then trying to figure out how to put the lid back on…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

I happened to also have another version of DIY Pumpkin Puzzles set up for the morning only we used this version for painting.. Perhaps next time I get in a pumpkin carving frenzy, I will intentionally add a few pumpkin puzzles for play…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

The pumpkins I carved for painting didn’t seem to be as interesting when it comes to putting together a puzzle. Perhaps because I carved the pumpkin tops into simple basic shapes…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

I think it was just that my students preferred trying to figure out how to put the more complex lids back on the pumpkins…

Pumpkin Puzzles

However, the children did find my DIY Pumpkin Basic Shape Paint containers interesting and everyone spent time at the table exploring the pumpkin painting process…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

But my favorite discovery of the day was how much my students enjoyed the complexity of matching pumpkin lids to pumpkins and not the easy ones – but the hard ones that even I have trouble putting back on!

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

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  • Laura Posted October 29, 2014 10:07 am

    Oh I love that idea and I like when the children surprise you. I am really excited in two weeks I am going to start a job in a nursery with the 3-4 years old class. I am very nervous because it is my first job and it is in England ( I am from Spain and I just have experience in Spain doing internships during my degree ). I would like you to tell me some advices or something that can help me to be more confident and relaxed. Thank you very much 😉

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 29, 2014 12:53 pm

    Hi Laura,
    Once you get started, begin by getting to know the children. Focus on building a relationship with them and keep your ideas simple to begin. As you see what the children are like, what they know, what they are interested in and how the program as a whole runs, you will begin to find your way. Be patient and confidence will come your way:) My very best to you as you start your new job!!

  • Laura Posted October 29, 2014 4:54 pm

    Hi Deborah I don’t know but I can’t read the comments in any page 🙁

  • Rhythm Posted October 29, 2014 6:47 pm

    haha! you underestimated your little ones!! What fun!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 31, 2014 9:13 am

    I can’t figure out how to fix the comments! I can only see them in my admin dashboard and can’t see them on the blog either!

  • Anne-Marie Posted November 9, 2014 8:55 pm

    Isn’t it funny how kids make their own learning experiences – I love that about their little minds as they crave to explore the things we as adults have just come to accept. As clever as your lessons are, I’m sure you feel like you learn as much from them as they do from you!

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