Friday, September 21, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: Fall Changes and Acorn Pumpkins

We've taken several weeks off with vacation, packing and the move itself, so this week was kind of just getting us back into the swing of things.

Iron Man is 5 and in Kindergarten
Hulk is 3 and is in "tot school"

Since autumn is starting to appear, we started with the book Fall Changes by Ellen B. Senisi, which talks about the many signs of fall and has real photographs of those changes.  Very simple, but a good introduction to the autumn season for preschoolers.

We talked about the changes in the book that we are seeing:  cooler weather, earlier sunsets, migrating birds, the leaves changing colors and seeds and nuts falling to the ground.  We used to have apple trees in our backyard before, but no nut-bearing trees immediately nearby, so having oak trees at the edge of the new yard made for a good opportunity for nature study.  Iron Man enjoyed spotting all the oak trees and examining the differences between the fallen acorns.

We spent some time gathering acorns and then we did a few activities with them.  (We did the sink/float test for weevils, but I still froze them in a ziploc bag first, just to be safe.)

First I set out the balance scale.  It turned into Hulk making one side "heavy" and Iron Man working to balance it out.  Hulk would sneak in a few more acorns, and Iron Man would determine how many/what size acorns to put on his side to balance it out again.

Then we made these Acorn Pumpkins from Family Fun.  It was very simple.  Pop the caps off, paint them orange, let them dry, and then draw faces on with a black marker.  My little artists are only 3 and 5, so they needed help with some of the faces...I'm no artist, but they didn't seem to mind.  You can also paint the point of the pumpkins brown, but we haven't gotten around to that.

Iron Man painted 15 pumpkins.

Hulk was finished after three!
Sorry about the glare from the overhead lights...I'm no photographer either!

I'm going to paint another set orange just to have as pumpkin counters for Math this fall.  These would also be cute painted red with green tips for apples.

Iron Man has been trying out Zoo Whiz recently.  {I recently wrote a full review!}  He is enjoying it, and it's been a great way to work in some "school review" since I'm not ready to dive back into full-on lessons just yet.  There's no pre-planning, so that has really helped right now.

The boys received these 3D puzzles from my stepmom awhile back, and they put together the whole box one morning then created their own little zoo.

Hulk wanted to play with the teddy bears one morning, so we did some counting and by the end he had all the bears out for teddy bear land.

Hulk also spent some time in an intense coloring session with his Star Wars coloring book.

This Roll, Add and Color page is from the Fall Math Pack Freebie from The Moffatt Girls.  We don't do a lot of worksheets, but Iron Man likes all things with dice, and he's suddenly into coloring right now, so I figured this seasonal game would work for him.  He chose some fall colored crayons, and it was an easy way to get some addition in.

This was a light week to help us get back into a routine, but it was still fun!

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  1. I love the acorn pumpkins! I'm going to make that one of our crafts for our fall unit next week. :)

  2. Those acorn pumpkins are so cute! I'm bookmarking this one. :)

  3. The pumpkins are adorable. I just had to Google+ this post. Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  4. LOVE those pumpkins! Next week we are doing "F" is for "Fall" - looks like I have a fun project!

  5. I'm with everyone else: Those pumpkins are fantastic! My kids love to collect acorns and we're always looking for something fun to do with them. They'll be so excited. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Super cute pumpkins! I'd love for you to link this up to Tot School Tuesday:

  7. your acorn pumpkins are too cute! would love for you to link up to The Sunday Showcase!

  8. Really cute pumpkins. And I am so glad to hear about Zoo Whiz. I've been looking for things my daughter can do since she isn't "in school". Thanks for linking up to tip toe thru tuesday.

    1. We both really like Zoo Whiz, but I have a full review coming next week if you'd like more of an opinion on it! ;)