What is Fall without pumpkins? There are so many fun activities you can use pumpkins for in your Daycare.
It's a great time to create your own Pumpkin Stand/Patch in your Dramatic Play Space. You can either purchase real or used pumpkins to use in your space, or make some DIY ones from stuffed paper bags. Be sure to check with your clients, they may be overflowing with homegrown pumpkins (or might know someone who is).
In addition to Pumpkins, you can add gourds and hay bales. Don't forget a scale for weighing and a cash register.
Science & Math
Add pre-carved fresh pumpkins to your sensory table. The children will enjoy exploring the insides of the pumpkins.
Do experiments with pumpkins. Do they sink or float?. How about some Math ? How much do they weigh, count how many seeds are inside.
Paint pumpkins on some small blocks. Add materials to this space so that kids can build their own pumpkin patch. Include Farm toys in your space this week. You may be able to pick up some small faux pumpkins and small hay bales to add to your construction space as well.
Print out some pumpkin patterns for your pattern blocks or create your own.
Be sure to add extra Orange Art Supplies to your space this week (Orange Paint, Crayons, Pens etc.). You can add "Pumpkin Pie Spice" to your play dough this week and dye it orange. Add plastic pumpkin cookie cutters to this space as well. You can DIY your own pumpkin face "Stamps" out of craft foam or potatoes for some pumpkin stamping fun!
For more activities you can do with pumpkins and pumpkin craft ideas, check out my Pumpkins Theme page here.
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