We had a fun pumpkin themed 4H meeting this week and I thought I would share what we did in case anyone was looking for some pumpkin activities. These could all be done individually in your home or with a group of friends.
First, we did a chalk pastel pumpkin drawing. These drawings were so much fun and easy for anyone no matter your artistic ability level . We used this free sample tutorial from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels. I loved how some of the kids drew their pumpkins in the same colors and as closely to Nana’s as they could and others used fun crazy colors and made them personalized.
Next, we did another fun art project and melted crayons onto a white pumpkin. This was so much fun. I never know whether the cute activities I see on Facebook are going to work in real life but this one was certainly a success. We split the kids into two groups and each group peeled the paper off their crayons and then with adult help hot glued the crayons to the top of the pumpkin. Then we turned on the hair dryers and melted the crayons. I had Crayola crayons at home and they worked well, but honestly the cheap ones would probably melt even easier. I will note that if you are doing more than one at a time you do not want to run both hair dryers on the same circuit! Thankfully my son knew how to flip the breaker and all was well again.
Then we did this fun pumpkin investigation activity. The children were put into small groups and they estimated the height, weight, and circumference of a small pumpkin (each group had their own pumpkin). Then they used the appropriate tools and measured to see how close their estimates were. If time had allowed we were planning on having them guess how many seeds were in their pumpkins and then cutting it open and counting but we ran out of time.
A few children were done with some of the activities early and one of the moms had the wonderful idea of playing a game of ‘hot potato’ except with a small pumpkin. She put on some music from her phone and the children passed the pumpkin until the music stopped. This one would be harder to do at home unless you have multiple children but it was a fun filler activity.
Finally we finished up with a pumpkin themed snack. There are so many options from pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, little oranges that look like pumpkins, pumpkin dip, or even pumpkin seeds. Since we had a gluten allergy in the mix I went with some tasty pumpkin seed tortilla chips that I picked up at Aldi. They were healthy and tasty.
There are hundreds of fun pumpkin activities available on the internet but these made for a fun combination with readily available materials. I would love for you to share your favorite pumpkin themed activities in the comments.
In More Fall News….
I have gotten behind in displaying thematic books on top of our art cabinet but the cooler temperatures this week and a couple days break from relief efforts have given me the motivation I needed. Our cabinet is now all decked out with fall books!
Having the books on display encourages the children to pick one up and read it as well as providing me with easy to grab read alouds for those times when we have a few extra minutes. I added one of the pumpkins we chose at the pumpkin patch to finish out our book display. I love the combination of decorative and practical!
We are finally getting a chance to start really enjoying fall. I hope that you are enjoying fall and I would love to hear about your favorite pumpkin activities or fall books! Share them with me in the comments!
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