Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

Like I said, we’ve been doing a nursery rhyme each week.  Recently we learned “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater.”

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her safe and well

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Pumpkin Poem Books

These books were super easy to make.  The girls looked through magazines to find pictures Peter Pumpkin Booksfor each line of the poem.  I used the pumpkin template below to cut out the covers out of orange paper and pages from white.  On the top of each page I wrote a line from the poem and then they found pictures for each line.  Of course, kiddos can also draw their own pictures for each line (that’s what Zoe wanted to do).

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Pumpkin Houses

I cut large pumpkins out of orangeP1060208 construction paper and then had the girls create their own pumpkin houses out of them.  I also gave them some rectangles to make doors and windows with.  Zoe had the idea to use some of the leftover children from “The Old Women Who Lived in the Shoe” as Peter and his wife on her pumpkin.

 

History & What it Means

plain-pumpkin-mdWe also talked about what the rhyme might mean.  People used to think pumpkins would ward off evil spirits (hence jack’o’lanterns).  We talked about how people used to think this a long time ago and maybe that’s why Jack put his wife in a pumpkin–trying to keep her safe from bad spirits.  The girls idea was that Jack couldn’t buy a house so he made a pumpkin a house.

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Of course we had to taste some pumpkin.  We baked some pumpkin and chocolate bread which was very yummy.

 

 

 

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

We have started including a nursery rhyme each week in our school activities.  One of our first was “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.”  We keep the rhyme written up on the wall, do different related activities, and by the end of the week the girls have memorized the poem.oldwoman

 Craft Time

P1060032Our biggest project was making a the shoe.  We actually spread it out over a few days.  I cut the pieces out of posterboard; then the girls painted two pieces.  Once dry, I hot glued the two pieces of boot together and punched out holes to lace.  Then we wove the ribbon through to lace up the boot.  I used wired ribbon so that it would be easier to go through the holes and the bow would stand out.P1060033

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Next we made all the Old Woman’s children.  We used this simple template to make many children and then the girls decorated each one.  Then we could put the children inside the boot while reciting the poem.  My advice is to make a few each day so you end up with a bunch without getting burned out.

Click here to download paper doll template

paper doll

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Darth Vader! Zoe was so proud of herself for making his black helmet and the panel on his chest.

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Shoe Activities

This was also a great time to try out tying shoes.  We didn’t push it too much since the girls actually have very few shoes that tie, but it was still good practice.P1050924

And I had them matching up socks from the laundry basket.  Not really related, but it made sense to me and got the girls in the habit of helping with the laundry.

 

 

Coloring Time

And here is the coloring page  from Inkspired Musings that we colored on the first day.

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Eyes for All Sorts of Crafts

This collection of eyes that my personal graphic artist (aka my husband) IMAG0471designed for us have been awesome!  While I love googly eyes as much as the next person (maybe even more), sometimes we need something bigger or just different.  It’s nice to be able to choose whichever color and size we want.

Download All Eyes pdf

What I especially like is that he created so many different options.  There are sheets of all different sizes but the same color.

Blue Eyes

And sheets of all different colors in the same size.

Oval Eyes

It’s been fabulous to have so many options.  Whether you are using them for a specific craft or just leaving out a whole bunch for the kiddos to create with, the possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

All About Me Worksheet

To kick-off our “school year” we did these All About Me sheets.  My plan is for the girls to fillP1040758 them out each year so we have a great journal of how they have grown and changed year.   I saw a few different versions online but had Ed make our own.

Download All About Me worksheet

It was great to hear their answers and capture this moment in time.  We also went back and did some of our “I am Special” activities.

All About Me Worksheet

The best answer… Mia saying that when she grows up she’ll be a “ninja princess scientist.”

Letter R

When doing our rock theme we also focused P1020146on the letter R.  We did lots of R crafts and games.  For some reason my girls were every anti-R.  Getting them to make the sound was like pulling teeth.  A few times they even told me they really didn’t like R.  Of course since my name starts with R I did take it a bit personally.  But hopefully I won them over.

R is for Raisins

For each letter we do we try to do a tactile picture, so for R we filled in the Rr template with raisins.  It doesn’t look the prettiest but the girls found it entertaining.  And of course we had to eat a few too!

Letter R template

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We also made oatmeal raisin cookies that day!

R Book

The girls love making letter books–they like making a real book and that they can read it.  Ed, my awesome graphic designer, aka my husband, made the clipart for these coloring books.  He designed the pictures of r words, I cut them out in smaller squares and the girls colored the pictures.  Then they glued them on the cardstock pages which we bound together with ribbon.

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R Hopscotch

Alright, the letter R really has nothing to do with P1020100hopscotch but for some reason this came to mind and was a lot of fun.  We used the super cool hopscotch set my sister made for the girls (I have a feeling that will be appearing in a blog post soon).  I printed out the r word pictures and taped them to the hopscotch board.  However,  you could just tape them to the ground in the shape of a hopscotch board.  Each time the girls hopped on a square they would shout out the word or letter.  This was great for them, because it made the letter R fun since as I mentioned, the girls were not that found of R.

R Hopscotch Printable

Going on an R Hunt

I used the same images from the hopscotch game to create an R hunt around the house.  I taped the pictures around the house and the girls then went searching for the R animals and letter r.

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R is for Red

On another day we focused on the color red.  I used the same template from the raisin day but this time we cut out the letters.  The girls then covered them with red tissue paper squares.

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Puppet and Story Cards

We also enjoyed making the puppets from Alphabet Stories: Puppets and Picture Stories That Teach Letter Recognition and Sounds by Jill M. Couldron.  The book is no longer in print but here is a sample to share with you.

R Puppet and Story

R puppet and story

 

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