Happy Friday folks! I’m really excited to share with you a mini unit this week! I focus on pumpkin activities for toddlers and share a bunch of free printables at the end of this post! As always, they’re all available in both English and Russian.
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Pumpkin activities for toddlers
Arts and crafts
I set up a few art or craft projects with a gluing component. Mr. Toddler has n’t really had a lot of experience using a glue stick, and is absolutely obsessed. However, he has also been loving painting and has decided that the glue stick is a paint brush.
For our first work (presentation in the first photo below), I created a simple printable (available in English and Russian below). In Russian, Pumpkin starts with a ‘T’ so I made an orange T that we could stamp with a dot marker, but instead used pom poms for some 1 to 1 correspondence practice.
I also cut out a few pumpkins that Mr. Toddler was supposed to glue in the boxes. Again, this added a 1 to 1 correspondence practice.
For this second craft, I simply cut up some rectangles from orange construction paper and asked Mr. Toddler to glue them onto the printable I made.
Again, Pumpkin starts with T in Russian, so that’s why there’s a T, but I also have it available in English at the end of this post. Here’s an action shot: he needed to do both at the same time! Obviously!
Do you see the chestnuts on the right? They’re a carryover from our Deciduous biome unit (printables coming next week!).
Pumpkin pie playdough
Mr. Toddler absolutely adores mixing, pouring, spooning, stirring, etc. Naturally any time we’re making playdough, it’s a perfect opportunity to practice all of those things! He made some ‘pumpkin pie’ playdough with flour, baking soda, turmeric, warm water and pumpkin pie spice.
After creating the dough, I presented Mr. Toddler with a few ‘pumpkin-y’ tools: pumpkin seeds (from a pumpkin we deseeded earlier in the day), orange and green pipe cleaners to make a stem, cloves, a knife, and a letter Y cookie cutter because his name starts with a Y. And orange buttons because we had them.
This activity was definitely a success, and because I had laid down some baking paper on our table, the mess was contained!
Practical life: de-seeding a pumpkin
The aforementioned pumpkin that we de-seeded and later baked! Homeschooling is delicious!
This work is pretty self explanatory. Mr. Toddler has been really excited to learn his letters and to try writing them! Not that he can do either with any accuracy right now, but works like this are great precursors to writing letters later on!
We got yet more use out of our pumpkin by using the seeds as counters with these fun counting cards I had made! Mr. Toddler is also really into learning his numbers and is constantly saying some sort of number randomly. I usually do this type of work as a ‘lesson’ for him. I do it, he watches with interest. Then he says ‘that’s all’ and I stop. Usually, it’s because he wants to do some sort of practical life work with the manipulative I provide.
He’s been breezing through these types of works lately, but he doesn’t quite know how each shape is called. I’ll make some cards for that, but am really excited that he can do this type of work easily now!
Another mastered work! This one (available in English, too) asks the child to sort pumpkins by size (small, medium, large). Mr. Toddler loves pumpkins and got this down almost immediately. Apparently it’s a little tricky as our 8 year old neighbour couldn’t do it as well as him…
This is the last one (for now!). Because the above pre-math and counting works are getting to be easy for Mr. Toddler, I wanted to challenge him with this. We’ve been working on learning how much each number represents, and this work asks him to match the quantity of objects to the number. I added the number word underneath each box. The photos in the bowl correspond to each of the numbers on the page.
I still need to help with this one, but we’re having fun with it!
Free Pumpkin Prinatables
Finally! Here you have it- my pumpkin printables! There are a few more activities in the printable packs than what I have included in this post so be sure to check it out!
Pumpkin crafts (Russian)
Pumpkin Math and Pre-Reading printables (English)
Pumpkin Math and Pre-Reading printables (Russian)
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