Activity:

Pumpkin Shapes

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What You Need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Carving knife
  • Big bowl
  • Plastic spoon
  • Permanent marker
  • Piece of paper
  • Pencil

What You Do:

  1. Get your child to list shapes. Help her draw the shapes she calls out on a piece of paper with the pencil. These shapes will be the basis for the Jack-o-lantern, so discuss and let her pick which shapes she would like to use for her pumpkin's eyes, nose, and mouth.
  2. Using the permanent marker, help your child draw these shapes on the pumpkin.
  3. Carve the pumpkin for her. Have her point out the various shapes as you cut them out.
  4. Let her scoop out the pulp with the spoon or her hands and place it into the bowl.
  5. How many pumpkin seeds did she scoop out? For added math practice, have her wash them and count. Listen to her count and assist as needed. When she's done, use a favorite recipe and bake the seeds for a nutritional treat.

When you're finished, place a candle inside and watch the Jack-o-lantern "glow" with pride!

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