Pumpkin Shapes

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 them draw the shapes they call out on a piece of paper with the pencil. These shapes will be the basis for the Jack-o-lantern, so discuss and let them pick which shapes they 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 your child. Have them point out the various shapes as you cut them out.
  4. Let your child scoop out the pulp with the spoon or their hands and place it into the bowl.
  5. How many pumpkin seeds did they scoop out? For added math practice, have them wash them and count. Listen to them count and assist as needed. When your child'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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