Since the kiddos like our scented “tiny apples”, I decided to create a pumpkin activity like it! It’s always fun to build upon materials and ideas that really engage the children.
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Scent-sational pumpkin activity for kids!
What We Did
Just like last time, I dyed the beans like And Next Comes L’s Rainbow Chickpeas. Since I was making “tiny pumpkins”, I just used orange. Once the chickpeas were dry, I sprinkled pumpkin pie spice on them. Oh, how I looooove that scent! It makes me think of fall, pumpkin pies, and time with family. But I digress!
Once the scented beans were ready to go, I grabbed a tray, some tweezers, and a bowl. The tiny pumpkins were placed in the bowl, with a variety of “tools” placed next to them. This group of kiddos enjoys using different tweezers, so I made sure to include different types. I set some of the small plastic pumpkins out next to the tray.
Then it was onto some fine motor fun! The plastic pumpkins were filled up using tweezers and little fingers. Then the orange chickpeas were dumped back out onto the tray. I think dumping them was just as much fun as anything else! The beans did make a cool sound when poured onto the tray. There was random chatter about how many tiny pumpkins could fit into one of the plastic pumpkins. None of the children went so far as counting the beans, but there were a lot of guesses!
The kiddos also discovered that there were jack-o-lantern faces on the plastic pumpkins. Making this discovery cracked them up, then they decided it was “time to fill those jack-o-lanterns up!” Tiny pumpkin gems were also added to the play after a while. Based on the kids’ exclamations, the beans AND the jewels were beyond exciting! They collected, counted, moved, transferred, and just plain had fun with everything.
Next time, I’m going to see if we can record our predictions of how many beans could fit in the plastic pumpkin. Then I plan on helping the children count the beans, perhaps counting by groups of ten. It really depends on the interest of the kiddos, of course!
I also plan to make more tiny pumpkins for a giant sensory bin. I know they will get a ton of use this fall! When we’re done exploring them, the scented, colored beans will get packed up and stored for later.
How would you and your kiddos use these tiny pumpkins? Do you have another pumpkin activity to recommend? If you’re looking for more, I have a Pumpkin Pinterest board for you to check out!