"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Pumpkin Patch

We couldn't wait for this week to read our favorite book- Big Pumpkin. 
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We played with big pumpkins and little pumpkins, real pumpkins and pretend ones. We used tongs to transfer them from bucket to bowl. We weighed them and measured them. We used the words big and little and heavy and light to compare sizes. We mixed them up to make pumpkin stew and other Halloween concoctions. We also had some fun manipulatives like Halloween erasers, spiders, stretchy skeletons and glow in the dark bats that we used for lots of pretend play. We were limited only by our imaginations!
We loved acting out the parts in The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything. We are all quite the dramatic group!

"Emoti-Pumpkins" were hanging on the door. Each had a face which showed a particular emotion- angry, sad, happy, surprised, scared, etc. We threw a jack  o'lantern bean bag at them and acted out the emotion portrayed by the face.
Inside a House that is Haunted introduced us to some  of our favorite Halloween characters. We read it so many times, we have it memorized... 
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We played "Hocus Pocus" using a magic wand as we turned the others into some of these Halloween creatures. We chanted:
"Hocus Pocus Alakazam, turn into a _____________ if you can! POOF!"
We had to dramatize that creature and then when we were done, we chanted: "Hocus Pocus Alakazoo, now turn back into you! POOF!"
We were cats, pumpkins, bats, vampires, spiders, monsters, mummies, witches, owls and more!

Fine motor skills were put into practice as we accepted an "invitation to play". We used straws and beads to make some Halloween necklaces.
We concocted a special "witch's brew", adding all kinds of yummy things... We counted out the things we wanted in our brew, added some "slime" and stirred it up. 
Choosing our favorite pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, we completed "Pumpkin Investigations".
 We weighed it, measured it, described it and predicted whether it would sink or float.
 We had loads of fun on the Trick or Treat Trail and we all looked great in our costumes.
Frankie "Stein"
Super Girl
Judy Hops 
Little Raccoon
Baby Owl
A Dragon!
The animals of the forest were so kind to us and gave us plenty of treats-
Deer- Raisins... kind of like twig bud tips!
Rabbits- Carrots... their favorite food!
Snakes- Fruit Leather...dried in the sun
Mice- Cheese Sticks
Porcupines- Apples...they climb trees for them!
Butterflies- Capris Suns...something to sip!
Bears- "Honey" Snacks
Beavers- Pretzel Sticks (kind of like trees but a bit easier onthe teeth!)
Squirrels- Peanuts...Nuts to You!
Bees- Flower Seeds...for pollinating in the spring!
Fox- Bunny Crackers
Raccoon- Mask
Owl= Flashligh (to see inthe dark)
Hawk- Glider
Birds- Popcorn
Skunk- Worms (not real ones!)
Insects- Magnifying Glass

It was an absolutely gorgeous fall day!
Happy Halloween!

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