Wednesday, October 26, 2016

My Favorite Pumpkin Activities

Fall is here and it brings with it a new season of crafts, especially ideas for pumpkin pickers, carvers, and crafters of all ages!

There are many new ideas online and traditional ones as well. Here is a list of a few of my favorite pumpkin activities that I have done at home and in my classroom.
Painting pumpkins is so much fun for younger children. Let them be creative and choose from many colors! To make it even more creative, add hair with yarn and googly eyes!
If you choose to carve your pumpkin you can cook the seeds and eat them, choosing to season them with any seasonings you and your family enjoy. We love salt, or garlic salt, and the combination of cinnamon and brown sugar!  Another great idea with your seeds is to dye them with food coloring.  This are a great seasonal and sensory activity to practice sorting by color, counting, or recognizing letters by writing on them with permanent marker.

One of my favorite Halloween books is Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins. If you are familiar with Pete the Cat, I am sure you will like it as well.  After reading the book it is fun to collaborate it with a fun pumpkin painting project.  I enjoy seeing the many fun faces that are created.

I find that not only are these activities fun for our children, but essentially get us to spend some quality time with our children doing what they enjoy.  As a teacher and a mother these are the things I like to do best - let them get messy and see them smile.

Mrs. Micky Labonte
Middle School Teacher

Saint Francis Xavier School

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