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