Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Patch



Sweaters are on and so is the apple cider as we finally make the jump into Fall here in in Atlanta. Our Little Nookers have taken note of a few friendly jack-o-lanterns that have recently moved into our neighborhood. It appears these orange fellows love to glow in the dark just as much as we do so we figured we'd investigate their seedy heritage before we stuck one on our Little Nook stoop.
Taking a cue from the curb, we hitched a hayride to the pumpkin patch were we would learn all about pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, and all that business in-between.


Our little pumpkins got right down to work with pretty cute pumpkin tale, 
This is NOT a Pumpkin by Bob Staake





Everyone knows that pumkins don't smile...jack-o-lanterns do!






Our number this week was 5...the perfect excuse to sing one of our favorite pumpkin songs
Five Little Pumpkins (Sitting on a Gate)
We sought out of few seeds (and our handy crepe tray) to help us practice our counting and skills.  


Big boys and girls practiced planting five seeds for every hole in our 'pumpkin patch'...







While tinier paws practiced one-to-one correspondence. Big or small, it was a fun way to fine tune our fingers and motor skills.


 




We also picked a few pumpkins to help us point out our 'touch math' counting points on the number 5. Momma, this is a great skill to help little fingers connect with the numbers we see and hear!




Next, we used our sequencing cards to discuss and illustrate the life of a pumpkin.


We got up close and personal with a jack-o-lantern-to-be. It was the perfect pumpkin platform for discussing emotions and how our faces tell a story about how we feel...


Luckly, we have some pretty happy pumpkins in our patch :)


 

We decided it was time to head to the field, also known as our Little Nook pumpkin patch,  to collect some data...



Before we got to the picking we sang a little song to get us in the right frame of mind...


 Pumpkin, Pumpkin: sung to 'Twinkle Twinkle'
Pumpkin, Pumpkin on the ground, 
How'd you get so big and round? 
Once you were a seed so small, 
Now you are so great and tall. 
Pumpkin, Pumpkin on the ground, 
How'd you get so big and round?


Then we got down to business...







Once we'd selected the perfect pick, we played a little Simon Says with our pumpkins. 
Simon says, put a pumpkin on your lap...




 Simon says hold it up high in the sky!


Simon says take a whiff...sniff sniff sniff


  Shake it to the left and shake to the right...



Point to the stem and do it all again!


 Once we'd gotten an up-close look, we knew it was time to plant a pumpkin or two of our own in the art room. 


Like every green-thumbed gardener, we started off this story with a simple seed. 
Which grew into a stem. 




 Which grew into a plant and then a perfectly plump pumpkin of course. 











We had a few spare seeds, which we used to discuss the season's changing leaves. Check out these autumn trees!




 We ended the week with a slimy sensory pumpkin bubble bath...
shaving cream + pumpkins = as many happy toddlers as you can fit around the picnic table :)








 All in all, it was a perfect week in the patch...


Stay tuned to see what these feet are getting into next week!

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