Fall is found it’s way to our neighborhood, and we are LOVING these Pumpkin Preschool Activities. Pumpkins are such an iconic part of fall, and the kids enjoy playing with them and learning with them.
This fun set of Math and Literacy Centers is perfect for a Preschool Pumpkin Theme. It works on letter recognition, number recognition, counting and beginning writing skills. There is some fine motor fun here as well as a few cute and educational pumpkin crafts.
Let me give you the quick tour of the set.
Pumpkin Preschool Activities
PUMPKIN PATCH LETTER MATCHING
This activity is so fun. The kids get to place their pumpkin sticks in the correct pocket of the patch. Match up the letters, and slide it into the spot. This is great fine motor practice as well as letter recognition.
PUMPKIN SEED COUNTING
How many seeds are in this pumpkin? Count and find out. The kids get to count actual pumpkin seeds out onto their pumpkin to match the number on their card. Make sure you use edible ones, because a few of the kids enjoyed a healthy snack in the process. 🙂
CAN YOU MAKE IT? – PUMPKIN SHAPES
Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. Can you recognize these shapes, and make them with playdough? So fun!
I SPY NUMBERS – FIND AND COVER
The kids sure loved this activity. We used candy pumpkins as our markers to cover all of the focus number on the page. If it works better for you, orange circular counters would be great too.
MATCHING LETTERS PUMPKIN PUZZLES
These letter puzzles were a great activity to help the children match up upper and lowercase letters. It was fun to see how many pumpkins they could put back together again.
PUMPKIN PATCH COUNTING
How many pumpkins are in this patch? Make them and see. This playdough center was a hit with my kids. They loved rolling the pumpkins, and then pushing their pipe cleaner stem through the top.
PEEK INSIDE A PUMPKIN CRAFT
This peek-a-boo craft is too fun. The children get to color the outside of their pumpkin. Then open the flaps to see the insides, made from yarn and pumpkin seeds. They’ll love taking this one home to show off to the family.
MAKE A FACE – SHAPES ACTIVITY
Using just the shapes listed on the card, what kind of face can you make? This activity works on number recognition, counting, and of course, shapes. It’s also a lot of fun!
WHICH GROUP HAS MORE?
Count the pumpkins in each group. Clip the side that has more. This is great for counting practice, as well as beginning comparing numbers work.
COUNT AND CHECK PUMPKIN CRAFT
Count the seeds in each section. Then lift the flap to see if you are correct. This fun pumpkin craft is functional as well as cute, and the kids will love it!
PUMPKIN LETTER FIND
These letter cards have letters hidden in them. Can you find them all? We covered ours with orange Snap Cubes. They almost looked like mini pumpkins, and were the perfect fit for this activity.
PUMPKIN COUNTING PUZZLES
If you are looking for great counting and subitizing practice, these puzzles are a great fit. With only 3 pieces, they provided a challenge while not being too hard. If you wanted to add a self check, just write the numeral on the back of each piece. When they are done putting it together, they can check to make sure they got it right.
PUMPKIN THEMED PUZZLES
Here are a couple of the puzzles included in the set. One is a sequencing puzzle, where kids have to put the picture together in order. The other is a counting to 10 puzzle.
PUMPKIN PATTERN CARDS
What color comes next? These pumpkin cards are a great way to work on patterns. We used pom poms to complete our patterns, but colored circle markers would work as well.
MY PUMPKIN FACES COUNTING BOOK
Our last center for this set is this pumpkin faces book. The children get to count and draw fun faces for each page. My favorite is the final page where they see a pumpkin that looks like themselves. They can either draw a self portrait or glue a picture of themselves on the pumpkin.
Preschool Pumpkin Unit Worksheets
Believe it or not, there is more in this awesome preschool pumpkin unit set. These no-prep worksheets reinforce topics that we’ve been working on in the centers. Here’s a quick look at a few of them.
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