Today we have some fun pumpkin themed activities from Michelle who blogs over at Learning to be a Mom. With October right around the corner, Halloween preparations have begun. Even if you haven't thought about Halloween yet, Michelle will show you how easy it is to add some pumpkin fun to your play.
I am so excited to be guest posting today on Mess for Less! Thanks Vicky for this opportunity. One of my favorite things to blog about is learning activities with my little Sweet Girl. She is almost 20 months, and we have so much fun playing and learning together. I am getting super excited for fall. It is only just starting to feel like fall here. So, I decided to do a couple pumpkin themed activities.
First of all I made a pumpkin patch. I painted an egg carton green, filled some orange balloons with flour and drew on a jack-o-lantern face. We used the pumpkin patch for one to one matching. This is an important skill for learning to count and use numbers. Sweet Girl learned to place one pumpkin in one hole. Plus it was a great sensory activity! Sweet Girl had so much fun squeezing them. At one point she started picking them up with her toes, and I thought "She truly is my daughter." My family has been blessed with long toes for picking things up. It comes in handy sometimes.
Later we painted some small gourds I bought at the store. When we paint we have to use Q-Tips because Sweet Girl HATES having paint on her hands. I always have to sit by her with a paper towel to wipe off any paint that gets on her. She is wearing one of my pajama shirts over her clothes, because I don't really believe the bottle when it tells me it is washable paint.
We used this time to talk about pumpkins and about the colors she was painting with. At first she would only paint the stems, but she did eventually branch out and paint some of the rest of the pumpkin. This is such a great way to practice fine motor skills and get her fingers ready to hold a pencil. You can see in the last picture what happens when she finds paint on her hands. Sweet Girl just cracks me up sometimes!
Neither of these activities were anything super fancy or over the top, and that's why I love them. I love getting to be a mom and have fun with my crazy Sweet Girl.
Thank you Michelle! That balloon pumpkin patch is just too cute. My twins are 4 and I think they would enjoy that!
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