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Early Literacy Tip—October 2017

Play with a Pumpkin

Fall is a great time to explore pumpkins!  Use one small, manageable pumpkin for sensory play, art, and math fun.

Sensory Play:  Cut off the top of a pumpkin and allow your child to dig inside and describe the different textures—smooth outside, stringy inside, hard seeds. Place contents on a tray for further exploration or place some of the insides in a plastic bag for sensory squishing.

Art:  Take the cut top with stem and use it as a stamper with paint on paper.  Design a cool jack-o-lantern face.

Math:  Weigh your pumpkin before cutting.  Estimate its weight once cleaned and weigh again.  Measure the circumference and count the number of seeds.