Yesterday I started this week’s fall language festival post with the book 5 Little Pumpkins and American Sign Language Halloween words. Be sure to check it out if you missed it. Today let’s get messy with paint and create pumpkin paper plates with letter seeds. These paper plate pumpkins were inspired by Classified: Mom via Pinterest.
Paper Plates (2 plates for each child)
Card Stock (brown and white)
Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks
Pipe Cleaners (assortment of colors)
1. Cover your messy child with the largest smock you can find. Cut one paper plate in half and leave one whole. Arm child with a paint brush, orange paint, a whole paper plate and half of a plate.
2. Enjoy a few quiet moments while child paints. Snap a few photos (no flash please!).
3. After snapping photos, teach your child about size concepts big/little by asking if they want a big or little stem. Xander wanted the biggest stem I could make! Have your child paint the stem.
4. While the paint is drying, cut out pumpkin seeds (one for each letter of your child’s name) from brown card stock. If your child is old enough, they can help you cut out the seeds.
5. Have your child practice color identification, by having him/her choose what color pipe cleaners they would like to use for the letters in his/her name. Shape the letters of their name with the pipe cleaners, and glue to the seeds using your hot glue gun.
6. By the time you are finished with the letters, the pumpkin pieces should be dry. Glue the stem to the back of the plate and then reinforce both the whole and half pumpkin with cardboard from a cereal box.
7. Use a thin line of glue on the outer edge of the half pumpkin, but not on the straight side! Glue the half pumpkin on top of the whole pumpkin to create a pocket.
8. While the glue for the pocket is drying, teach your child how to trace the letters of his/her name over the pipe cleaner. I just love adding textures to learning!
9. At this point, if your child is anything like mine they will start to ask you to create other Halloween shapes for their pocket. Xander requested ghosts and so we did number ghosts.
10. Store all of your seeds and other shapes in your pocket for the next time your child is driving you crazy and needs a distraction!
Come back Thursday for a fun fall literacy guest post from Pages Corner. I’ll be giving away their newest StoryCraft Box, featuring their fall box.