It’s time to Discover & Explore Pumpkins. We’re ready to see your pumpkin crafts, science experiements, field trips, book activities, yummy recipes, and more. Link up new and old posts about pumpkins at the end of this post.
We’re sharing more details about the fun pumpkin craft and name activity the preschoolers made last year. It’s full of fine motor practice and learning. Plus the end result make a terrific fall decoration!
To make this craft we combined this too cute for words pumpkin face lacing activity from I Heart Crafty Things with this name recognition activity from Classified: Mom and made this adorable pumpkin craft and name activity. Visit both of the original posts for the full tutorials, materials lists, and additional ideas for creating this craft.
We started by painting two paper plates each to make the front and back of the pumpkin.
After cutting one of the plates in half we punched holes through the plates to prepare for the lacing part of the activity. Be sure to align the holes on the full plate with those on the half plate to make lacing easier for the kids.
Lacing is excellent fine motor practice, and the kids really enjoyed this step of the project.
After we finished lacing the kids cut out faces for their pumpkins and we added the finishing touches.
To practice name recognition I cut out paper in the shape of pumpkin seeds. Older kids could also cut the seeds out on their own for additional fine motor practice.
The picture above is an example, but if I were making this craft again I would write the kids’ names with a capital at the beginning and a lowercase for the rest of their names. (No, I don’t have a child named Dean either. I’m still keeping the kids’ names semi-private. Thank you for understanding.)
After making this craft we kept the pumpkins near the kitchen table, and for the rest of the month we pulled them out each day after lunch to practice naming the letters and spelling each others’ names. This would also be a great welcome activity to have on kids’ tables to practice in the morning as school starts.
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