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Thank you for linking your posts up last weekend! It was hard to decide which ones to feature this week as there were so many interesting posts. I decided to pick a few pumpkin themed posts since our after school fun and learning was all about pumpkins.
Joyce at Dinosaurs and Octopuses shared a fun sensory time her little one had with a pumpkin. You just have to go see her post to see just how much sensory this involved! I think it's a great reminder that some kids shy away from some sensory play, but with a little encouragement might have a little, or a lot, of fun!
I Heart Crafty Things shared a fun way to make a pumpkin patch. They used a tp roll, paint, and some squeeze bottles, stop by Rachel's blog for the full details.
This last one I just had to share since it such a fun way to teach syllables. Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational shared how to make and use this syllable drum and a-go-along book.
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We had fun with our pumpkin yesterday. Or, should I say one of our pumpkins...we have 4. It seems that all the kids keep coming home from school with them!
We read the book From Seed To Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer and then made a list of observations about our pumpkin. Next, I gave the kids a list of questions to answer.
- How much does our pumpkin weigh?
- What does it weigh after we scoop out the inside?
- What number sentence can we write that tells us how much the insides weigh?
- What is the pumpkin's circumference?
- What shape is our pumpkin? Juiciness and Sassyfras said it was a circle. Little J added that it was more like a sphere.
All three kids weighed and measured the pumpkin (not that the younger two really understood what they were doing, but they like doing it anyway. I did ask them if they thought certain items were bigger or smaller than our pumpkin and they do understand that.)
- Will our pumpkin sink or float? Why?
Little J said float, because it was hollow that it would be able to push enough water out of the way to float. Of course the other two followed his lead and said it would float, but no reasoning as to why. They seemed to think watching a pumpkin float in my tub was the best thing ever...eVer.
Sassyfras and Juiciness helped scoop the inside out. We saved a few seeds to try to sprout and roasted the rest. We'll finish carving it tomorrow.
We ended our pumpkin fun by piling into my bed to watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and to eat popcorn.
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