Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pumpkin Counting Practice

For our "Pumpkin" preschool theme, we did a couple of activities with these numbered pumpkins that I made a couple years ago for a Pumpkin Treasure Hunt. The first activity we did this year, was a counting practice. (click the picture below for more details on the treasure hunt):

Prep work: Make the Pumpkins!
  • Cut out 5-10 (or more) small pumpkin shapes (with a stem) from orange construction paper.
  • With a black marker, draw faces on the pumpkins
  • With a green marker, color the stems. 
  • With any color marker, write a number on each pumpkin.
  • Laminate them, or cover them with clear contact paper on front and back (that's what I did.)

Here's what you do:
  • Lay out all the pumpkins and a small pile of dry beans.

  • Have your child choose 1 or 2 pumpkins and count out the number of beans to match the number on the pumpkin:

  • If you want, you could also use this to practice addition! Once they've counted out the beans for 2 pumpkins, have them add them together.

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Kirstylee said...

This is a great activity! I think I will use pumpkin seeds when I do with with my kiddo, but the idea is great.

famr_4evr said...

This is a great idea. I've been looking for some counting number recognizing activities for Halloween and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Hannah Harris said...

Thanks for your post, I've only just started doing a few more counting activities with the boys and this has given me lots of ideas