Friday, October 28, 2011

It's Pumpkin Time

Where did the time go?  With November fast approaching, it feels like autumn is going to be over too soon.  I love autumn, and I've been trying to include fun little activities here and there to engage the boys in the excitement of the season.  The crisp, cool weather.  The changing leaves.  Pumpkins.  What's not to love?

P is for Pumpkin
I don't use a lot of worksheets, but this one came from the stack that I use for my Pre-Writing Notebook.
P is for Pumpkin and Purple
I find it interesting that he will not color the picture "in the lines" but he colored his own pumpkin fairly well...these were done on the same day.
drawing his own pumpkin

Pumpkin Spelling
I recently found the game UpWords at goodwill for $1. I bought it for exactly these types of familiarize Iron Man with "spelling" and letter sounds and add some variety to use of magnetic letters.  I took out one of each letter and alphabetized them to make it easier for him (then realized I needed to add another P)  I wrote the word pumpkin on a pumpkin cutout and let him spell the word out.  He also got a little practice matching upper to lower case with this activity.

I'm looking forward to using the letter tiles to add variety to our word building exercises.

Pumpkin Math
I found these cute little decorative pumpkins and this silicone pumpkin tray at the Dollar Tree.  Hulk just liked placing the pumpkins in the tray and pouring them between the Halloween bowls that we found on clearance at Wal-Mart a few years ago.

Iron Man spent some time counting and creating patterns.

The next day Iron Man wanted to play a game with dice.  I needed something quick and on the spur of the moment, so we just took turns rolling a die and adding the pumpkins to the "vine".  (Which was the broken necklace I removed the green beads from for our Autumn sensory tub.)  We only had 20 pumpkins so we were able to play a few rounds and get some simple counting in and practice recognizing the numbers 1-6 on a dice.

Number Sequencing
I've been working on reinforcing the numbers 11-20 before we officially move on, so we did a couple of counting and ordering activities.

I chose the 11-20 number sequencing activity from the Pumpkins unit at 2 Teaching Mommies, and the same activity from the Spiders unit as well.  Instead of gluing them onto the provided pages, I decided to laminate them for Hulk to use in the future.

Our Pumpkin Patch Hunt activity was inspired by this post at Little Family Fun.  I decided not to draw faces, but I wrote the numbers 1-20 individually on pumpkins and the boys had to find them all.  Then Iron Man had to count how many they each had, determine who had the most, then put the pumpkins in order.
Iron Man tried to jump from 1-20!

Book Time
I like to rotate books, and here are some of our current themed books...mostly pumpkin books, and a few about Bats, since Iron Man has taken a recent interest in bats.
The Pumpkin Plant That Almost Ate Our School by Fred Williamson (we reviewed here)
Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucill
From Seed to Pumpkin (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Stage 1) by Wendy Pfeffer
Big Brown Bat by Rick Chrustowski
The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
The Magic School Bus - Going Batty by Joanna Cole  

Some other pumpkin related activities we've enjoyed...

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