This scented pumpkin activity for preschool works on children’s fine motor skills while engaging their senses.
It’s one of our favorite preschool pumpkin activities!
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My students consistently love our scented “tiny apples”, so I decided to create a pumpkin version.
It’s always fun to build upon materials and ideas that really engage the children. Plus, we were able to get a lot of use out of these sensory materials. We ended up using them again in a couple of super easy Halloween sensory bins.
Once all of the fine motor sensory fun was done, we put the “tiny pumpkins” in a sealed bag and stored them for the following year.
Scent-sational Pumpkin Activity for Preschool!
What We Did
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!
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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. Kiddos enjoy 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.
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Extension Ideas for This Preschool Pumpkin Activity
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 a favorite pumpkin activity for preschool? If you’re looking for more, I have a Pumpkin Pinterest board for you to check out!
Pumpkin Preschool Lesson Plans
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