Whether kids are learning their names, sight words, or math facts, it’s always a bit more fun with hands-on games and tangible materials. This real mini pumpkin patch name game is something Tinker requests almost daily, and she always notices if I forget to set it out for the day.
I love it because it’s super simple. Just grab one pumpkin for each letter in your child’s name. Write each individual letter on an individual pumpkin. Then set up the play invitation. I decided to place our pumpkins on a bit of hay in an open tray. The hay adds an additional sensory element, and the tray makes it easy to move the activity around to wherever she wants to play.
When it’s time to play Tinker says the letters on each pumpkin. Then she places them in order to spell her name. Then she likes to move them once more and say the letters again.
You can also practice:
- naming the letter sounds
- counting the number of letters in the child’s name
- identifying the first letter in the child’s name
- identifying the last letter in the child’s name
For another fall-inspired name activity try our pumpkin name craft and game.
A Full Week of Pumpkin Lesson Plans
Continue learning about pumpkins with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provide different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.