To begin our PUMPKIN theme, I’m going back to basics with a “P is for Pumpkin” project. We focus on letters a lot at home so anytime I can tie in a letter to a craft, I’m eager to do so.
I grabbed these alphabet sand molds at a deep discount from Target which is a major preschool mom score. I’m already planning lots of different uses for them, none of which involve any sand. They were the perfect tool for this project but you could use a P stamp, magnet or cookie cutter as well.
Craft/Activity/Snack: P is for Pumpkin Patch
Objective: Use a P shape to create pumpkins
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, letter recognition (sight), letter recognition (sound)
Suggested Reading: Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Materials: construction paper, orange paint, a P letter mold (or something similar), green markers (not pictured, but lots of fun for Jasper, is a wine cork to stamp lots of little pumpkins)
First we got to work smearing a layer of orange paint into a paper plate. Jasper loved this step, of course.
Then came the stamping and drawing of stems and vines – this project really couldn’t be easier or more self explanatory but here are pictures anyhow haha:
Jasper really got into the spirit and filled several sheets. Then, he started finger painting so I handed him a wine cork (because, why not?!) and he had a blast stamping “baby pumpkins” with his big ones.
And for good measure, here’s one lone “P is for Pumpkin” pumpkin to feast your eyes upon.
- Visit a pumpkin patch
- Identify other P words
- Learn how to say pumpkin in three other languages