More Pumpkin Activities

Time got away from me with the new little one but I still wanted to share our language arts activities from our pumpkin unit.  I also include some of our sensory activities at the end (besides the pumpkin playdough in my science and math pumpkin post).

Word Family Pumpkins

Pumpkin word families

I had my husband make this fun puzzle game to play around with word families.  They match the pumpkin pieces together to create a word family pumpkin.  The girls had a great time matching up the word families and seeing how they made a pumpkin.

The bottom piece is printed on white paper and then the top pumpkin pieces were printed on orange paper.

The bottom piece is printed on white paper and then the top pumpkin pieces were printed on orange paper.

The pieces can be a puzzle to reuse over and over or it can be a cut and paste activity to produce a finished product.

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Our finished pumpkins

Download Pumpkin Word Family Printables

Sight Word Collages

This was a great way to work with our sight words.  We cut the words out of magazines and then in keeping with our theme glued them to these cute little pumpkins for our growing pumpkin patch.

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fall sight word activity

Pumpkin Popsicle Words

This is a great way to practice our vocabulary words.  The vowel is written on the pumpkin and then the girls can slide the popsicle sticks through to create new words making it an interactive way to get through their reading lists.

Pumpkin sliding stick reading

Pumpkin Letter Bingo

Have I mentioned before that my kids love letter bingo?  I make a letter sound and they find the letter on their bingo sheets.  Really they love the the game because it ends in eating lots of M&Ms but I like that it’s a great phonics review.

Pumpkin Letter Bingo

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Candy Corn Letter Game

My girls really enjoyed this cute candy corn letter game from Kindergarten Smiles.  It was a great review of letter recognition and sounds.

Candy Corn Letter Game

Just click on the picture below to access the game which is available for free through Teachers Pay Teachers.

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Sensory Activities

Pumpkin Cloud Dough

My girls love cloud dough!  Who am I kidding?  So do I!  It’s super easy to make just add flour and vegetable oil (enough to make it damp and moldable).  I just added pumpkin spice and orange powdered tempera paint to make it pumpkin flavored.

Pumpkin Cloud Dough

We often use activities like this while I work one on one with the girls.

Fall Fizzing Bath Bombs

Thanks to Fun at Home With Kids we were able to make these fun fizzing bath bombs.  We will definitely be doing this again in different shapes and scents!  The cinnamon is good to fight germs but it does make your tub rather cinnamon-y so you probably won’t be washing hair in the tub that night.  You get get the recipe here.

Pumpkin fizzing bath bombs

 

 

And finally since we are talking about pumpkins I just need to include my pumpkin baby picture.  I just love this little guy!

Pumpkin baby

 

 

Snow! Snow! Snow!

I wanted to do something for the winter season but we were so busy getting ready for Christmas during December that I wasn’t able to until now.  Sure it’s been in the 60s at times this past week, but talking about snow helped us feel a little wintery (which can be hard in the desert).  Here are some of the crafts, songs, and other activities we did this past week.

Skills: Color recognition, math concepts, letter recognition, counting, fine motor skills, art, music
Prep: medium (cutting out pieces, making felt board pieces)

Hey Mr. Snowman

Supplies: Construction paper (black, red, brown, blue, green, yellow), White cardstock or thicker paper (I was out of cardstock so I used paper plates)

These snowmen came out so cute!  I got the poem and idea from a storytime blog, MiSS ALiSON iS BLOGGiNG.  Before we started, we compared the circle sizes, choosing the big, little, and medium circles.  Then we glued them together to make the snowman.  I had all the pieces cut out ahead of time so that we could glue them on as we went through the poem.  You can find templates for the pieces here.

I went walking through a winter wonderland
and spied a frosty snowman who needed a hand.

Hey, Mr. Snowman, what do you need?
“I need BLACK EYES. Put them on me.”

Hey, Mr. Snowman, what do you see?
“I see an ORANGE CARROT. Put it on me.”

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?
“I see a BLACK TOP HAT. Put it on me.”

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?
“I see some BROWN STICKS. Put them on me.”

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?
“I see a GREEN SCARF. Put it on me.”

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?
“I see some PINK MITTENS. Put them on me.”

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?
“I see some BLUE BUTTONS. Put them on me.”

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?
“I see some YELLOW BOOTS. Put them on me.”

Hey, Mr. Snowman, now what do you see?
“I see the coolest snowman ever. Me!”

Dance Like Snowflakes

Something to the tune of “Frere Jacques” is perfect for us since since my girls are really into repeating songs–we sing a line and they sing it back.  The girls actually loved this song and kept singing it when Ed came home.

Dancing snowflakes, Dancing snowflakes,
In the air, In the air.
Whirling, twirling snowflakes, Whirling, twirling snowflakes,
In the air. In the air.

(Source: http://www.hummingbirded.com/winter-snow.html)

In addition to learning this song, we also played instruments and danced to Christmas songs about snow (“Frosty the Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”).

S is for Snow


Supplies: Cardstock (light colored), white paint, Q-tips

We focused on the letter S this week for snow.  I cut out large S’s from light blue cardstock (I actually used my cricut to them) and then the girls painted “snow” on them.  The plan was to use Q-tips to make dots of snow, but two-year-olds don’t always follow plans.  Apparently a blizzard hit because after a few dots with the Q-tip, they moved on to finger painting the entire S.  🙂

We also colored worksheets on S is for Snow that I found here

Snowman Felt Board Stories

I thought these snowmen were adorable and can’t wait to use them  from this one were so cute.  I found the poem along with the template for making the snowmen here, courtesy of A Child’s Place.

5 Little Snowmen

Five little snowmen made of snow,
Five little snowmen in a row.
Out came the sun and shone all day.
And one little snowman melted away.
Continue for 4, 3, 2, 1

5 Little Snowmen

Five little snowmen knocking at the door,
One melts away and then there were four.
Four little snowmen climbing a tree,
One melts away and then there were three.
Three little snowmen looking for something to do,
One melts away and then there were two.
Two little snowmen are now having fun,
One melts away and then there was one.
One little snowman all by himself,
He melts away and now there are none.

Snow Treats

We also had some special snacks to go with our snow theme.  We made snow cones–we happen to have a little snow cone maker that we bought a few years ago and used for the first time.  We also had melted snowman cookies, my new cookie of the winter season.  Here is the recipe for them. 

To make life easier, you can find all the poems and songs here.

And of course, I had to include a picture of the girls enjoying real snow…

 

 

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