What You Will Need
- A bag of miniature pumpkins and gourds, preferably in a variety of shapes and colors (often sold in the produce section of your grocery store during the season)
- Somewhere to hide them – we used a nearby playground, but even your backyard would work!
- A bag for each Little Pnut to collect his/her pumpkins
To set up, simply hide the pumpkins and gourds around the designated area while your Little Pnuts are engaged elsewhere.
When the pumpkins are all hidden, give each child a bag and have them collect the pumpkins. Once they’ve all been collected, bring them all together to investigate and compare. Talk about the different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures of the pumpkins and gourds. Help your child sort the pumpkins by various attributes (bumpy and smooth, round/not round, etc.). Slightly older Little Pnuts may enjoy a turn hiding the pumpkins for the adults to find! You can also work on expressive language by having the children give you verbal directions to help you find the hidden pumpkins.
This activities focuses on the following Developmental Milestones for your Little Pnuts:
Problem Solving, Reasoning, Fine/Gross Motor Development, Receptive/Expressive Language, Sensory Development
—Stephanie Haass, Little Pnuts Early Childhood Activities Expert & Blogger, founder of www.two-daloo.com