Teachers at heart don't stop being teachers just because they are home with their children. Preschool teachers at heart are known by their resourcefulness and how they can turn regular objects into a creative project. We can look at cotton balls, potatoes, q-tips, apples, etc, and instantly see a use for them other then what they are intended for. Right now, since it's fall, the theme is pumpkins. All over the web, in homes, and at preschool, pumpkins are being used for sensory play, science projects, cooking fun, and of course art!
I had originally planned for my son to roll a mini pumpkin around in a box doing some "marble" painting with it. Or if he wasn't interested in that, to simply have him paint his pumpkin as he desired. But the more I thought about it, the more I really wanted to cut that sucker open, let him check out the innards, then try painting with it. So, I bought a second mini pumpkin (in case he wanted to paint the other) and we proceeded to move forward with pumpkin prints.
Michael loves to do things on his own, so I gave him a pumpkin carving knife so he could try to cut the pumpkin in half. Unfortunately for him, these little pumpkins are tough!
Michael loved scooping out the seeds.Pumpkin Life Cycle download from Montessori for Everyone. We've talked about how pumpkins are green first, then slowly change to orange. Michael's favorite book right now, which reinforces this cycle is The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin.
I wanted to try it out too!
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