Thursday, November 8, 2012

Whole Hearted Holidays - Pumpkin Craft & Decoration

We let the pumpkin seeds dry over night and enjoyed them in a few more activities the next day. We used some simple materials to craft some cute decorations!

What you'll need:
   orange construction paper
   green construction paper scrap
   brown construction paper scrap
   glue stick
   handfull of pumpkin seeds (dry but not cooked)
   orange curling ribbon cut into 3-5" lengths

First, we made a craft project called "Inside my pumpkin..." We added a stem and leaf to the outside of a pumpkin card. Then, we glued some seeds and some orange curling ribbon inside. This allowed us to review the parts of the pumpkin, use some great fine motor skills like glueing and picking up small objects, and practice following directions.

Next, we turned some extra orange construction paper into smaller pumpkins. I cut one paper into four tall, oval shaped pumpkins. I cut the other paper into four short, round pumpkins.

We were able to words like "short," "tall" and "wide" as well as the parts of the pumpkin as we were talking about the pumpkins we were making.

Finally, we taped the pumpkins to a printed grass table cloth which I had hung up. She was able to use language like "higher," "lower," "right" and "left" to tell me exactly where she wanted me to tape the pumpkin. Have the ability to give directions is almost as important as being able to follow directions. Plus then it really was her handiwork. She was very proud of the final product!

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