Yummmm! Pumpkin Spice is in the air at Crozet PlaySchool! We have been enjoying our very delicious smelling pumpkin spice play dough for two weeks. Along with the great smelling dough I laid out pumpkin gems, leaf gems, laminated fall pieces, and large silk leaves on popsicle sticks. The combinations are endless!
I loved stopping by throughout the morning and seeing what creations had been made in the play dough. Little pumpkin patches, forests, and lots of leaves on the ground.
In another sensory tub we have been playing with is oatmeal, acorns, pumpkin dishes, and cinnamon sticks. I also placed some different sized spoons for scooping and pouring.
The pumpkin washing station was out this week, and C and J had a great time getting their hands nice and soapy. They used the sponges to squeeze, create bubbles, scrub pumpkins, and hunt for gems under the bubbles. Water play is always a popular sensory experience, and adding bubbles makes it even better!
J cleaning her pumpkin off with soap.
C getting nice and soapy and cleaning his pumpkin off with a mesh brush.
On the tables this week we had an assortment of pumpkins and gourds, along with shades of colors to aid in drawing these objects. This area definitely wasn’t very popular, and we only had a few children sit down and do some drawing. I will continue to offer these opportunities though, in hopes that it will spark their interest. Ms. Brittany even drew an example for them as seen below, but we didn’t get a lot of visitors. As teachers it’s important to realize when some things are hits and misses and learn from them! I ended up taking this provocation down and creating the pumpkin washing tub (shown above) which was MUCH more popular!
This isn’t really on the table, but I thought I would include it in this category. I try to offer different activities on the magnetic board every two weeks. This was something that I put up at the last minute a week ago, and the kids LOVED it! We talked about our self portraits a long time ago, and I thought this would be good to revisit the idea.
I taped two heads onto the magnetic board that look a bit like aliens:) Then I used a variety of magnetic eyes, noses and mouths for them to make their own silly faces.
I love working on collaborative art projects that the whole class gets to be a part of and enjoy! This beautiful window installation was made with leaves we found outside, sequence, and contact paper. The children ran around outside looking for the best leaves we could find that hadn’t gotten too crunchy. Then we stuck them all over our contact paper, and added lots and lots of sequence.
M and D hard at work squishing down the leaves to make sure they would stick!
The results were stunning!
Brittany helped the children while I was away paint bubble wrap using finger paints. Then they pressed a sheet of paper onto the bubble wrap. Once it dried we wrapped the paper around a paper towel tube, and filled the tube with dried corn. The corn shakers were loved by everyone. I hope they haven’t exploded anywhere at home!
Enjoying the outdoors:
Trips to the pond to check on the fish!
Splashing in the rain!
I enjoyed seeing these fall leaves and pumpkins on the overhead projector this week too!