This simple, but super fun, pumpkin math activity was inspired by the homemade geoboard I made with the preschoolers last year. We’ve used it many times since then, both at home and at school, and the kids always enjoy it. The kids last year also really enjoyed hammering golf tees into pumpkins. Thus, the Geo Pumpkin was born!! 🙂
- Pie pumpkins
- Rubber bands
- Golf tees
- Wooden mallets
I began by setting the materials out on one of my classroom tables. Then I sat down with the kiddos and added pushpins to one of the pumpkins. It’s fun to just play with the kids, listening to their conversations and laughing with them! I didn’t do much beyond adding some pushpins to one of the pumpkins before the kiddos were off and running with their pumpkin math fun!
At first, the children added more pushpins, then began using the rubber bands to make patterns and shapes.
From there, they discovered the wooden mallets and golf tees! Most of the kiddos LOVED using the mallets to hammer the tees into the pumpkins. Some tried to make designs with the golf tees, while others just enjoyed the process of hammering them into the pumpkins!
As always, I really enjoyed watching the children and listening to their comments. A few kids spent only ten minutes with the geo-pumpkins, while other spent over an hour! Since this activity was such a success, I had it up in the classroom for multiple days without the students tiring of it!
Some of the skills involved in all this fun:
- Fine motor skills = pushing the pins into the pumpkins and maneuvering the rubber bands
- Gross motor skills = hammering the golf tees into the pumpkins
- Creative expression = using the rubber bands and golf tees to create original designs
- Math = geometric shapes and 3D exploration of the shapes, along with patterning
- Science = observing how the pumpkins changed with the insertion/removal of the pins and golf tees
- Literacy = so much language and conversation