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Pumpkin Play!

Scooping out the insides of a pumpkin offers many opportunities for learning!  Although it may look like play, the children learned a great deal by taking turns scooping, examining and feeling the natural materials, and counting the contents.   Scooping gave their muscles a challenge as they worked to get the inside materials out of the pumpkin.  As the children held and squished the ‘guts’ of the pumpkin, the teacher talked with them about the sensations of cold, slimy, and slippery that they were experiencing.

The children then worked to separate the seeds from the membranes.  Counting the seeds was the next task which gave the children an opportunity to visualize various quantities.   Nature offers so many new experiences for our young learners!


DSC00508 Gr Pump Class         DSC00504 Gr Pump Girl