Pumpkin guess box
For older preschoolers (age 4 and up), you could start off your study of pumpkins with a guess box! You can either put a real pumpkin, mini pumpkin, fake pumpkin, or a picture of a pumpkin in your guess box. Then you're ready to start the critical thinking fun! You can find the directions on how to do a guess box here. These are a few ideas for clues to start off your pumpkin guess box.
- It comes from a plant
- It is used at Halloween
- It is orange
You want to start off with just one clue, and the clue you use will depend on your child's development. You will probably want to start with a more vague clue, and then work towards more concrete if your child needs.
A wordsplash could be done with any child that is old enough to talk. Simply print out the pumpkin wordsplash page. Then, ask your kiddos what they knows about pumpkins. Simply record what they say. It's called a wordSPLASH because you can just kind of splash the words around on the page. This one has all Grace's ideas:
Doing a wordsplash in the beginning of a unit will help you determine your child's prior knowledge on the topic. If you save it, you can come back to it later and add things that you have learned.
Read pumpkin books
|12 Perfect Pumpkin Books from KC Edventures|
I like to start off by reading a simple nonfiction text to learn a little of information about pumpkins. Plus, I always learn something too!
These two FREE printable books are great for any age. You can print them in color or black and white. I like to make them in black and white, and then the kids can color the illustrations themselves.
|Pumpkins from DLTK|
This Pumpkins book gives basic information about the life cycle of a pumpkin.
|Five Little Pumpkins from DLTK|
|How to Grow Pumpkins posted by Very Best Baking|
|Pumpkin Feels Lonely posted by The Foodies Books|
|That's How a Pumpkin Grows posted by Brian Vogan|
|Five Little Pumpkins Sitting On a Gate posted by The Happy Ape|
I hope this gets your pumpkin study off to a good start! Check back soon for pumpkin play, exploration, and foods :)