More pumpkin activities in preschool
As we continue to enjoy the Fall season, we have explored pumpkins in our classrooms in many ways! We've opened them up, scooped them out, counted the seeds and made delicious pumpkin treats! I talked about some ideas in the "Learning about apples and pumpkins" post ... but here are a few others!
Pumpkin Playdough - We took a simple, no-cook playdough recipe, added red and yellow food coloring ... and then added some cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to the mixture! The children loved the smell! I asked them what they thought it smelled like ... I got some really cute answers like "donuts" and "apple sauce"! Then we added some pumpkin seeds to the dough, for an extra sensory experience.
Pumpkin butter - Using heavy whipping cream, salt, canned pumpkin, powdered sugar and cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice), the children can measure, mix and then SHAKE the ingredients to make a delicious pumpkin butter to spread on crackers or bread. Great science experiment to see how the liquid transforms to the creamy butter as they shake!
Pumpkin Pudding pies - Another yummy recipe featuring vanilla pudding and pumpkin pie filling!
Count a seed pumpkin game - This is a fun, cooperative game that will help children practice counting (one-to-one correspondence).
We enjoyed playing with pumpkins this past week! Do you have any other fun pumpkin ideas to share?