October’s theme for the preschool prep program is Fall Family Fun and Pumpkins! This week, we placed potting soil into small, carved-out pumpkins. The children used spoons to scoop the soil into the pumpkins and to add the pumpkin seeds into the soil. They had fun while developing their fine motor skills and they learned about how pumpkins grow in the ground from seeds.

We placed the pumpkins on our classroom window and we will water them and watch them sprout together! Once they sprout, the children will be able to take the pumpkins home so that they can place them in the ground or a pot where they can continue to grow. We also sponge-painted leaf shapes with orange, red, and yellow paint. The leaves will be laminated and hung from our ceiling from tree branches.

During snack time we tasted pumpkin bread and pumpkin butter; we also enjoyed apple slices that were made using our new spiral apple peeler. We had a lot of fun at our sensory table, which is filled with seeds, fall leaves, pine cones, and seed pods!

Check in next week to see what new Fall Family Fun activities we have planned!