Saturday, October 17, 2009

Play School: Pumpkins

This week was another fun week in Play School. M taught and the topic was pumpkins.
Concepts: Where pumpkins come from; some of their uses
Activity: M helped Tempe and little B make two cute pumpkin crafts (I wish I had pictures!). One was a construction paper pumpkin with a sad face on one side and a happy face on the other. The kids glued on the elements to make the faces. The other craft was a small orange plastic bag stuffed with newspaper to make a pumpkin and with green leaves tied at the top to make the stem. It was so cute and a great way to teach children about recycling and using things they find in nature for their projects!
Books: Again, I slacked this week and didn't check out any pumpkin books. But here is a list, courtesy my library website: Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum; How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara; Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr; Pumpkins by Ken Robbins; Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Diane Ochiltree; and Pumpkinhead by Eric Rohmann.
Songs: Ring around the pumpkin, pocket full of nuts. Leaves, leaves, they all fall down! March around the pumpkin... Stomp around the pumpkin... Tip-toe around the pumpkin... Jump around the pumpkin
Snack: I don't think M gave them a snack, but a few ideas include Jack-o'Lantern grilled cheese sandwiches, pumpkin cookies, or pumpkin pudding (mix a few tablespoons of solid pack pumpkin into vanilla pudding).
Field Trip: Today we took another fun family field trip to a pumpkin patch, where Tempe and Helena each picked out a pumpkin. It also had a free kids' hay maze that the girls loved running through! We had a fun time and it brought back memories of when my mom would take all 5 of us kids to Kerrigan Farm, where we would take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard, and finish with fresh apple cider. Mmmm!


Anonymous said...

Kerrigan Farms! What memories! These are some cute pictures.

Amanda said...

What cute pictures!