Pumpkin Patch Pretend Play

Pumpkin Patch Pretend Play

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Have you and your kids been to the pumpkin patch yet this year? My 1st grader had a field trip at a farm and I brought along my two year old. They had a blast feeding the animals, walking though the corn maze, picking vegetables, and of course picking out their own pumpkins. Outings like these provide so many awesome learning opportunities.

My little one kept talking about how much fun she had at the farm and showing me her pumpkin, which inspired me to set up a pumpkin patch pretend play scenario for her and her sister. I found a farm house toy we’ve had for years and animal figurines that came with it. I set up the pumpkins around the farm in the grass and invited my girls to come to the pumpkin patch and play.

Pumpkin Patch Pretend Play

2015-10-17 15.57.25My little one had fun telling me about the animals and the sounds they make and I asked her which animals we saw at the farm to help her build background knowledge about animals.

She picked out a pumpkin and practiced saying “little orange pumpkin” to describe it when I asked her which one she picked. The word “pumpkin” provides great opportunities to practice speech sounds, like “p,” “m,” “n,” and “k.”

Pumpkin Patch Pretend PlayMy older daughter decorated the pumpkins with Fall leaves and told me about the pumpkins she picked. She compared and contrasted different attributes the pumpkins had and described their color, size, and shape.

We all talked about the similarities and differences between our pumpkin patch and the real one and I asked them questions about their favorite parts of visiting the farm and we acted them out.

My 6 year old dre2015-10-17 16.11.31w a picture of what we did at the farm and told me about it. It was too cute and made me so grateful for the fun day we all spent together!

This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the wonderful pumpkin/Halloween-related books we’ve been reading lately. I love to put seasonal books away and then bring them out each year during the holiday or season they relate to, because the kids look at them as if they are brand new! They can then build new knowledge on what they’ve learned in years past.

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Here are some fun vocabulary words that my kids learned about from the books, the farm, and past experiences:

  • pumpkin
  • Fall
  • leaves
  • farm
  • witch
  • trick-or-treat

Want to join in the “5 Little Pumpkins” fun from last week’s blog? Watch our video and get our free learning tips and printable puppets!5 Little Pumpkins

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8 comments on Pumpkin Patch Pretend Play

  • Coombe Mill - Fiona

    I love the idea of visiting a pumpkin patch, we don’t have anything like it around us but it is a great way to enjoy some outdoor fun and learn about pumpkins too. #Twinklytuesday

    • Alison Edelstein
      Alison Edelstein (author)

      Yes, it is a great outdoor activity! 🙂

  • Emma

    How fun! I love the combination of the play farm with the real pumpkins – a great spark for imaginations!

    • Alison Edelstein
      Alison Edelstein (author)

      Thanks Emma!! We had a blast. 🙂

  • Katie

    I love this! My kids love pretend play, too!

    • Alison Edelstein
      Alison Edelstein (author)

      Thanks Katie! 🙂

  • Valerie

    Perfect timing we just went to the pumpkin patch!

    • Alison Edelstein
      Alison Edelstein (author)

      So fun! One of my favorite Fall traditions!

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