I love pumpkins! Not the jack-o-lantern style related to Halloween, but pumpkins in general. From the end of September through Thanksgiving I indulge in as many things pumpkin related as possible. My children love pumpkins too. The older kiddos have had many years of experience with pumpkins, but Sunshine not so much.
It only seemed natural to create a Fall Harvest Pumpkin Unit for her shelves. Boy has she loved it! Sunshine loves botany. Any time we study plants, whether trees, flowers, fruits, or vegetables, she's absolutely fascinated. Her passion is definitely contagious.
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Here are Sunshine's activities!
P is for Pumpkin Sand Tray
Sunshine is showing an interest in writing letters. We're taking it very slow to ensure success, but I've gotta say, she's doing quite well. She's tracing her sandpaper letter and then writing the letter in the orange sand.
Fall Harvest Pink Series Word and Picture Match Up
Sunshine has been begging to read her older siblings' chapter books. We keep telling her that she needs to learn to read first. She assures us she can as she knows her letter sounds. In an effort to follow the child and see just how far she can go, we're moving forward with pink series activities.
Source: Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Fall Harvest Pumpkin Unit Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
Counting Pumpkins 0-9
I can say with confidence that Sunshine FINALLY can identify all of her numbers AND count them out using manipulatives. This is such a huge accomplishment for her. She has loved reviewing her numbers this week using the pumpkin counters provided.
Sunshine lays out all of the sandpaper numbers in order from 0-9. Then she counts out the correct number of pumpkins for each card, placing them below it.
Fall Harvest Geometric Solids Shape Sort
Sunshine spotted our 3D shapes and has been fascinated with them ever since. We decided to introduce her to a few using Fall Harvest themed images. She's enjoyed sorting them, comparing shapes.
Source: Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Fall Harvest Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
Squash Family Match Up
In an effort to appease Sunshine's desire to learn more about botany, we studied the squash family this week. She has enjoyed matching up pictures of what each squash looks like on the outside, with pictures of what it looks like on the inside.
Source: Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Fall Harvest Pumpkin Unit. For your free printable, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Sequencing Activity
A pumpkin unit wouldn't be complete without studying the life cycle of a pumpkin, especially for our botany lover. In this activity, Sunshine puts the pumpkin cards in sequence using the control chart provided. She places numbers next to each step in order. I'm so excited about how well she's doing with this!
Source: The free printable for this activity can be found at Montessori for Everyone.
Wrapping Rubber Bands around a Pumpkin
We are working extremely hard to help Sunshine develop better hand and finger muscle and coordination in preparation for writing. Rubber band activities are a great way to help with that process. Sunshine has enjoyed putting rubber bands around the pumpkin. She especially likes taking them off.
Pumpkin Dropper Water Transfer
It's been a while since we've worked with water and a dropper. Sunshine has had significant struggles in the past. This time around though, she's done great with it and even enjoys it! Using the dropper, she fills each pumpkin up with water and then goes back through and transfers the water back into the glass container.
Pumpkin Themed Cutting Activity
Sunshine loves to cut, even though she struggles with it. This cutting activity includes pumpkin ribbon, scrapbooking paper, paper straws, and thin orange foam squares. She's quite excited about it.
Pumpkin Sensory Bin
We hope you have a fabulous Fall season and enjoy all things pumpkin at home and in the classroom!
For those interested in the free printables, click the link below.
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