I love October. Yes, the trees look fabulous wearing their brilliant regalia, but as a facilitator in early childhood education, the season offers a panoply of themes to build:
Today I begin with a favorite: Drawing Pumpkins
A pumpkin is essentially a circle (or approximation of one), two parallel lines on top with a horizontal line connecting the vertical to form the stem. Even three year olds can scribble up a pumpkin successfully.
For preschoolers getting ready for Kindergarten, demonstrating a specific way to draw the circle and connect the lines provides a foundation for later letter formation.
Jack-o-lanterns are a great way to learn about basic shapes.
For Kindergarten and older children, changing the features to make happy, sad, scary and angry faces also helps build spatial relationship reasoning.
- Any writing tool (crayons, markers, pencils…)
- Glue stick or tape
- Shapes can be pre-cut or traced for younger children
- Older children should be required to make a plan and figure out several different configurations to help reinforce spatial learning
More to come: Angry Cats Creepy Spiders and lots more about… Pumpkins