Looking to introduce some pumpkin-themed activities this autumn? Then we have some fantastic fun ideas for you to try with your toddlers and preschoolers. From ideas for sensory play to number skills, science and literacy these fun ideas are perfect for some toddler and preschooler pumpkin fun.
Don’t Forget to check out our Halloween Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers than you and they can read together.
Pumpkin Maths Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Help your child with Number recognition as you pick the pumpkins from the DIY Pumpkin patch – stock up on some Pumpkin Stickers to create these and other activities with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Whilst you have the pumpkin stickers out why not make your own books to go with the rhyme 5 Little Pumpkins like we did with our DIY Pumpkin Rhyme Books.
Mix a little art with some maths and create your own Pumpkin’s to form a number line and work on number recognition, counting, addition and even number bonds.
Have fun with playdough and work on counting, number recognition and number words with our Pumpkin Counting Cards for Playdough.
Why not play a game with your preschoolers and learn some shapes at the same time this Pumpkin Shape Card Game is great to work on shape recognition as well as turn-taking and memory skills!
Pumpkin Science Activities
Focus your activity of science and conduct a Ghost Pumpkin Science experiment with full instructions from Little Bins for Little Hands.
Another fun science experiment to give a go is this Erupting Pumpkin from Growing a Jewelled Rose. Kids will love to see the pumpkin erupt just like a volcano and could be really spooky if you find a way to make it GLOW IN THE DARK!!!
Pumpkin Motor Skill Activities
Forget about Mr Potato head and get a little creative this “Pumpkin” season and make some Mr. Pumpkin Heads.
How about making up this Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe game from Toddler Approved – great for movement, grabbing and also works on turn taking and sharing too.
Pumpkin Sensory Activities
How about making this mess-free Pumpkin Sensory Bag from Little Bins for Little Hands – ok it’s only mess-free for the kids, but you’re going to be carving your own pumpkins anyhow right?
Play Dough is one of my favourite materials (now I have tiled floors) and this Pumpkin Pie Play Dough recipe from Crystal and Co is easy to make and perfect for some pumpkin-themed sensory play.
Clean mud! Pumpkin Pie Spice Clean Mud! Yes, it’s possible and over on Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails they have the full recipe as well as ideas for use for a Pumpkin Spice Sensory Table.
More Pumpkin Literacy and Numeracy Activities
This is a great activity for little ones to do around pumpkin time to help them learn their name combing a Pumpkin Craft and Name Recognition from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Combine fine motor and counting with this Pumpkin Lacing Activity from I Heart Crafty Things. It would be perfect for some morning Finger Gym during the autumn months.
Pumpkin Books to Read Together
Love these ideas don’t forget to include some books alongside the pumpkin activities and ideas. Check out these 3 favourite pumpkin books for toddlers and preschoolers below.
- Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
- The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry
- Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht
More Ideas and Activities for Autumn with Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.