Celebrate the change of seasons with your own mini pumpkin patch. Gather up several of these gems and let the fun begin! Boost your child’s creativity, imagination and play skills with these delightful fall favorites.
- Pumpkin tic-tac-toe: Create your own tic-tac-toe board with green felt. Cut strips of black felt to create the grid (2 vertical and 2 horizontal strips). Glue the strips down onto the green felt to keep it in place. Collect 3 little white pumpkins and 3 orange ones. The goal is to get three in a row. Using pumpkins makes this fun and is a great way to introduce this classic game.
- Pumpkin’s Ring Toss: Have your little one stand on a carpet square or in a small hula hoop placed on the floor. Place rings down on either side of your child. Scatter the little pumpkins close by depending on the level of difficulty and see if your child can toss the ring over the pumpkin!
- Pumpkin heads: Decorate these little sweet ‘ums with shredded paper for hair (be creative with color), pom poms, stickers, paint and markers. Encourage storytelling by having your child introduce their pumpkin. Begin a story and see where your child takes it. Take turns and build on each other’s story line.
- Stack and bowl: Demonstrate to your child the idea of stacking your little pumpkins— 3 on the bottom, then 2 on top with a single 1 teetering on the very top. Using bean bags or a large soft ball, see if they can knock down the pumpkins and then have them set the pumpkins back up. Create your own mini pumpkin games, activities and crafts. Be sure to post them on Facebook for all our fans to enjoy!
Lisa Cummings OTR/L
Director of Fun, Co-Founder & Mother of Four
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certified (SIPT)
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