Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pumpkin Tot School & Preschool Corner

M is 3 2/3 years old

Tot School
R is 23 months old
I'll be continuing with our new format - comparing the Tot School & Preschool Corner activities so that you can see how I adapt them so that my kids can work on them together.

I was lucky enough to find another pocket of time this week where M woke up from her nap before R to do some of our printables.  We usually do them at the kitchen table but she chose to do them hanging out on our living room floor instead.  We didn't get to finish all our printables before brother woke up, but since she works on similar things each week, I'm not going to stress about it too much.
Number Order Puzzle from 2 Teaching Mommies

Which is Different from 2 Teaching Mommies

Beginning Writing Practice from 2 Teaching Mommies
Montessori Style Trays
Pumpkin Transferring
R put orange pom poms in a pumpkin ice tray (great for 1:1 correspondence)
M used chopsticks to transfer tiny pumpkin erasers to an ice tray with many tiny holes
Pumpkin Pouring
M poured water into a pumpkin ice tray.
R poured pumpkin erasers back and forth between two small containters.
(He LOVED this activity and kept going until he finally could pour without spilling!)

R matched pumpkins that had different patterns (cut from scrapbook paper)
M matched pumpkin faces with different expressions and we talked about feelings

Pumpkin Lacing Cards
R isn't able to do these very well, but he still likes to be included!
Pumpkin Stamping
(Using the top of a cut off pumpkin)
Painting Pumpkins
We don't carve pumpkins, I'm just to afraid of the potential injuries!
After we dismantled the pumpkins above, we bought these small ones to paint.
I made a Sensory Bin out of the pulp and seeds from a pumpkin.  Well, actually, I roasted the seeds and pumpkin right away when we cut into it for the pumpkin stamping art above, so the seeds and pulp are from a butternut squash that I used for dinner, but close enough!
R played with it awhile, but M flat out refused to touch it!
I made this Jack o Lantern felt game with a few scraps of felt.  It took me maybe about 10 minutes and that was with me stopping frequently while I chatted with a friend!
Felt Mr. Pumpkin Head
The kids loved changing out the eyes, noses and mouths.
Field Trips
We are lucky enough to live in an area that has TONS of great fall activities.  We chose this year to go to a pumpkin patch that we had never been to before, but is run through the same organization that allows M to go horseback riding for free, provided she does chores around the ranch.  The pumpkin patch was free too, and absolutely amazing!
Happily riding a horse

M navigated the entire hay maze by herself - on one try!

We also went to Chik Fil-A's family night on Tuesday because I didn't want to cook they were decorating pumpkin shaped cookies for their activity.  The kids were SO happy to be getting some sweets!


Are you on Pintrest?  I had SO many more ideas than what we actually got to this week, so check out my Pumpkin Theme board if you are looking for more ideas!

That's all for this week! To see what other toddlers and preschoolers are learning this week, check out the official Preschool Corner website and Tot School Website


  1. Another great week!! Love the felt pumpkins and plan to do something like that for N this week too as we are doing a bit of a halloween/pumpkin theme.

    I will be in a similar place to you from next year trying to manage doing printables with N my older boy with time with S who is 9 months now. Sometimes we do some Tot School in the morning while S sleeps but othertimes we don`t get to it so it has to be activities that S will not eat...or if he does try to eat that he at least can`t swallow! Oh the joys!

  2. That pumpkin patch looks like so much fun!!

    I really enjoy seeing how you alter the activities for the two of them, thanks for sharing!!

  3. What fun! I am loving the pumpkin pouring & the Pumpkin Felt Heads - CLEVER!!
    I would love for you to link up at Living Life Intentionally’s Linky party - ~Beth