Monday, September 21, 2015

Pumpkin Life Cycle Sequencing and Pumpkin Ornament Craft

The Magic Pumpkin Ornament Preschool Activities

It was a "magic" pumpkin life cycle discovery for My Firefly: how a seed can turn into a Jack-o-Lantern, or how a flower can turn into a vine. Is it really some Halloween magic? This activity is very easy to set up and brought us some magical experiences!

The Magic Pumpkin ornament is hanging on our mantle - easily accessible for a life cycle review for kids. The pumpkin has smiley neighbors on the mantle, Fall Cats from last fall: Paper Plate Cat. How to Be a Cat.

Pumpkin Life Cycle Sequencing

For the pumpkin ornament we used:
green and orange construction paper for tracing and cutting out circles,
school glue and a brush,
one green chenille stem,
orange tulle fabric on a 6-inch spool (optional, Amazon affiliate link: Expo Classic Tulle Spool of 25-Yard, Red ).

This free printable for the pumpkin life cycle is fun to play with and can be found here: Pumpkin Packs, Pumpkin Language Pack Part 2.

My Firefly went through pumpkin life cycle sequencing many times - without even noticing it: when coloring the fun page, when I cut out pictures for her, when sequencing the pictures on the tray, and finally, when gluing cut outs onto the ornament.

Pumpkin Ornament Craft

We traced a small bowl on the construction paper and cut out 7 circles, green and orange.
Each circle was folded in half.
My Firefly used white glue and a brush to glue all the halves together. I assisted to place the circles edge to edge to form a nice ball.
She added the stages of life cycle and stamped the word "TO" to each fold.

We threaded a green pipe cleaner through the center and formed a spiral at the top and bottom of the pumpkin. This stem can be used to hang the ornament. You can stop there or decorate your pumpkin more. We used a piece of orange tulle fabric for a festive touch: such a fun celebration of the upcoming pumpkin season!

The Magic Pumpkin Ornament

When we find a minute to play with our "magic pumpkin", we take it down and start flipping the pages starting from any stage of cycle.

While at the pumpkin life cycle, it is fun to remember that pumpkins (just like tomatoes or pea pods) are fruit. Any fleshy shape that grows out of the flower and contains seeds is considered a fruit by scientists. All the other parts of a plant are vegetables.

Well, from our "kitchen perspective", we had a fruits - vegetables sorting activity next naming tomatoes and pumpkins as vegetables.

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