Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pumpkin day!

Today was Pumpkin day at the library! I knew when we were making our calendar this year that I wanted to get a real pumpkin for the kids to dig into and explore. Then I saw this post from The First Grade Parade on pinterest.com.  We played a game of will it float or will it sink? Most of the kids thought it would sink. We put it in a big container of water and the kids were thrilled to see it float. We also talked about how the pumpkin is not solid, but hollow and filled with air, and that is why it floats. We also played the game of, "What is heavier than a pumpkin and what is lighter than a pumpkin?" The kids came up with some great ideas. Heavier: me, table, a giant, wood, a log. Lighter: paper, feather, pencil, a small cup of water. I then cut it open and put it on the floor on a towel. The kids had fun digging in. I asked them if it was hot or cold, wet or dry, slimy or smooth? They had fun describing the pumpkin guts, and digging for seeds.

We made paper plate pumpkin pies, and a pumpkin face book found on themailbox.com.
Supplies to make the pie:
paper plate
orange and brown markers
glue stick
cotton ball

Color the inner circle of the plate orange, and the outer rim brown for the crust. Put a nice dab of glue in the middle for the cotton ball (whipped cream), and then coat the orange circle with the glue stick. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Smells just like a real pumpkin pie!

The pumpkin book we made had the kids draw faces on the pumpkin in different moods, and it all ends up in a pumpkin pie. The kids all had fun, and enjoyed a glass of apple cider and pumpkin cookie at the end!

All the supplies ready to go!
 cider and cookies!
 The kids digging in and getting messy
 Hey there are seeds in there
 Drawing pumpkin faces

 a finished pie
 Sprinkling the cinnamon. I had it set out in coffee filters for easy clean up.

The fun books we read.
Pumpkin Day by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Pumpkin Shivaree by Rick Agran
The little old lady who was not afraid of anything by Linda D. Williams


Jessica Nunemaker from little Indiana said...

How cute!

I have a thing for pumpkins. We have a small town pumpkin patch that has some awesome, AWESOME pumpkins. Like, blue and green--appropriated called Fairy Tale. Is that neat or what?

Totally doing the water thing with Kid #1. I think he'd love that!

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