We did a pumpkin language group this week. We discussed pumpkins, cut open a pumpkin, ate pumpkin snacks, and read a pumpkin book. These activities targeted a variety of language goals such as: answering questions, asking questions, vocabulary, forming sentences, making inferences and predictions, and socialization. The kids loved this change in therapy. You can do these activities at home too.
While prepping for the carving, ask questions/talk about pumpkins. What is a pumpkin? What all can you do with it? What are some different ways you can eat it? Where do you find a pumpkin? How does it grow? What is that stem for? What do you think it will be like inside?
While you are carving, ask your child to describe the pumpkin. Describe it by the way it looks, smells, feels, tastes. This week I learned that it even has a sound. The kids started thumping it to listen to the different “thumping sounds”. Some were loud thumps; some were softer thumps. Some descriptions we came up with were orange, big, heavy, round, smooth, gooey, slimy, sweet, good, and my favorite…smells like barbeque.
Taste different pumpkin snacks. We had pumpkin seeds and muffins. You could also do pumpkin pie or pancakes or even just taste the pumpkin itself.
Target comparing/contrasting skills and categorization. Talk about how pumpkins alike and different from other foods. How are a pumpkin and an apple alike? How are they different? Name other foods that are orange, that are round, that grow on a vine, that you can use to make pie.
The Five Little Pumpkins book is perfect to go along with this activity. I printed free copies here. You can have readers read it. You can sing it or read it. Use it for memory skills and have the children try to repeat it after you.
This blog has several fun ideas for more Halloween fun. In fact, her entire blog is full of great ideas.
Get your kids and have some messy fun!