You can see a video of our pumpkin spice paint below:
I recently attended a make and take sessions and one of the things we made was pumpkin spice paint. It is super easy to make but I felt the recipe we used was a bit too runny so I modified it a little.
To make the paint I put three packets of unflavored gelatine into a jar along with 1 cup of boiling water and mixed the two together until the gelatine was dissolved. I added yellow and red food coloring and stirred until I had an orange color I was happy with.
The last step was to add the pumpkin pie spice into the paint. I just continued to shake some in until I got the scent that I wanted. Everyone loved how the paint smelled and were very excited to paint with it.
I let the paint cool down which also helped to thicken it. The children then painted large circles on cardstock paper. When they painted they could see the specks of pumpkin spice. We let that paint dry and cut out the circle and glue it on to a sheet of colored cardstock paper. The children cut out a leaf and stem and glue that on the pumpkin. They then glue pumpkin seeds on for extra fine motor work.
You can see a video of our pumpkin spice paint below:
I have made a set of pumpkin themed math mats for children to practice counting and number recognition. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
We used pumpkin seeds as our counters but you can also use other items such as pom poms ... playdough balls ... and clothespins. This activity is also great for developing fine motor skills which if you are a follow of my blog you know I love to work on!!
You can download the patterns below:
pumpkin math maths
I really love colored pumpkin seeds. They are so easy to make and you can do so many things with them such as sorting ... counting ... graphing ... and art activities.
To make the colored pumpkin seeds you will need:
clean dry pumpkin seeds
1/2 -2/3 cup warm water per color
1 tablespoon of vinegar per color
For each color of pumpkins seeds you want to make you will place the warm water in a cup and then add the vinegar. Add you food color of choice and mix. Pour in dried pumpkin seeds and stir. The longer you leave the pumpkin seeds in the food color mixture the darker the color will be. We let ours stay in for a couple of ours and stirred them a few times.
When the pumpkin seeds have reached the desired color scoop them out with fork and place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with paper towels. After a couple of hours you can place the pumpkin seeds on a wax paper lined cookie sheet or tray. Dry for 24 hours (could be less or more time depending upon the temperature of the air).
You can see a video of the colored pumpkin seeds by clicking below:
We love working with pumpkins seeds ... there are so many things your can do with them!! I set this activity up in our math center using two pumpkin bowls that I purchased from Target. You can use any kind of bowl or container that works for you. I put the pumpkin seeds in one of the bowls and set out a pair of jumbo tweezers along with dice.
The children rolled the dice and then used the tweezers to transfer the same number of pumpkin seeds into the empty bowl. They continued to roll the dice until all of the pumpkins seeds had been transferred. This activity can also be done without the tweezers and/or the dice.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
The free membership printable this week is apple number punch strips for number recognition and fine motor development. The patterns can be printed on either regular or cardstock paper and I have included them in both black and white as well as color.
In this activity children punch the numbers on the strip that match the numbers on the apple. Children can use plastic paper clips and slide them on the strips instead of using a whole punch. The strips can also be used with hots dots.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday August 22nd ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the apple alphabet punch strips.
apple number punch strips
During the first week of school we make "all about me" books and read them at circle time so the children can get to know each other a bit better. This year I finally go a chance to update my book and I wanted to share it with you.
The book includes the following pages:
cover page - child colors person to look like them
my name Is - write and decorate name
this Is my picture - glue picture of child
this Is my handprint - trace around and color or paint and press
my favorite colors - color in the three circles
I know these letters - cut and glue letters child can identify
I know these numbers - cut and glue numbers child can identify
I know these shapes -cut and glue shapes child can identify
I know these colors - cut and glue colors child can identify
this Is my family - draw and color a picture of family
my favorite foods - cut and glue images (magazine or internet search)
my favorite animals - cut and glue images (magazine or internet search)
You do not need to complete all of the pages of the book especially with younger children. I intentionally left out a page for the child's phone number as well as an address page to protect the child's identity in case the book gets lost. You can grab the book pattern below:
all about me book
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