During circle time the children were excited about our trip to the pumpkin patch and carving their pumpkins with their family. We decided to extend their curiosity and excitement by making a pumpkin picture. Children love to recreate what they see in real-life.
Our snack arrived and it included marshmallows and pretzels. An idea was born when Sally put her pretzel into the marshmallow and we decided it would make a great pumpkin stamp.
We set aside some of the pretzels and marshmallows and let the children put their stamps together themselves. It is a good idea to have some extra marshmallows and pretzels on hand for children to nibble on, so they don’t eat the ones they are using for their art project.
Use caution with young child as they may try to eat the marshmallow and pretzel with the paint on it.
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This sensory bag should be provided with supervision. Do not place the bag in a crib, or playpen.
Check the back for tears, or leaks each time before allowing the child to touch the bag.
Don't allow the child to bite the bag.
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This activity started with a nature walk where we talked about the changing leaves, and fall colors. We looked for pinecones on the ground and found a few to put in our nature basket in the classroom after they dry.
Suggested book Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon
Mrs. Erika left the scented paints sitting out after this project was done and later the same day, our little guy came back and experimented with mixing the paints, and painted on the easel. While he was being observed, it seemed as though he was more engaged in the free open-ended experimentation than he had been in the project that had been organized. In the future, we should try just putting pinecones out near the paint, and letting him select them as a tool or medium.
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