After the excitement of Halloween has passed some shops are offering pumpkins for free or selling them cheaply. Here are a few pumpkin inspired activities to try using the last of the pumpkins.
The children have seen pumpkins everywhere, they have picked their own, scooped and carved them so they are very familiar with them so we decided to make some of our own using paint. We used orange and green paint as well as halved apples and potatoes to make pumpkin inspired pictures.
Scrubbing muddy pumpkins with scrubbing brushes is good for fine motor skills plus everyone loves water play. We threw all our pumpkins in the kitchen sink and both kids enjoyed scrubbing them clean.
A simple but fun activity - scooping the contents of the pumpkin out. Using tools like scoops and spoons is good practise for pre-schoolers and feeling the contents is both sensory but also develops rich language.
Pumpkin Small World
My son remembered how we added figures to the pumpkins last year so we did it again and the pumpkin, filled with water, became a swamp. This activity is great to get a little bit more use out of a post Halloween carved out pumpkin. Hours of fun imaginative play.
Improve gross motor skills with some pumpkin bowling using the pumpkin instead of a ball. You can use a skittle set if you own one or some used plastic bottles do the trick too.
I've mentioned these ideas before on previous blogs but we had fun hammering tees into pumpkins as well as making out own pumpkins using play dough.
Remember pumpkin fun doesn't just have to be for Halloween!