Thursday, October 11, 2012

Purple and pink pumpkins and a FREEBIE!

Tuesday was an early dismissal day at our school.  The kids went free at 10:45 in the morning, while the teachers met in PLCs until 2:30....then had parent/teacher conferences until 6:00.  It was a long day.  Since it was a short day, I decided we would do something "fun" for the morning.  Goodness knows kindergarten is not as "fun" as it used to be!  :-(   And honestly, it was a bit of fun with (of course) a bit of academics involved too!

We are working on the letter Pp & its sound this week.  We are going to the Pumpkin Patch next week.   So if you put the 'letter Pp' and mix it with 'pumpkins' what do you get????


Yeah we totally broke with tradition and created non-orange pumpkins.  Because it wouldn't make sense to make an orange pumpkin seeing as how orange doesn't start with Pp.     Our pumpkins are technically  jack-o-lanterns I suppose......but jack-o-lanterns start with Jj so obviously we couldn't say we made those.  

They did not use templates or get any help from me whatsoever.  They did however quickly figure out that it was easier to draw shapes on their paper and then cut them out.....rather than trying to cut them out free hand.  Actually it was one little trail blazer in my class who figured this out----the rest just jumped on board after seeing him work his magic.  It was so neat to see them work together and figure out a better way of doing it.  All I really had to do was sit back and watch them!

I absolutely love doing art projects where there is no template for the kids to follow.  I think it's so good for them to use their imaginations, think independently, and I LOVE to see the finished results.  It's pretty neat to see what they can do when they get some construction paper and some scissors.  Just take a look at some of their creations from yesterday!!  (the writing underneath the pumpkins was done together as a class on the board, and then they simply tried to copy it onto their paper)

I just love the freckles on this one!!  How cute is that???

We have also been hard at work sounding out CVC words, so I made a small pumpkin activity to help my kids with this.   All you have to do is cut apart the pumpkins, mix up the letters, and have your students put them back together.  Each time they create a word they will sound it out and then decide if it's a real word or a silly, nonsense word.   

My kids really enjoyed this activity.  I let my kids do a trial run with it yesterday and quickly realized I should have underlined the letters (so the kids knew which way they went).  So in the download, the letters will be underlined.  This way you won't have kids trying to spell words with an upside down 'n' that looks like a 'u' I did! :-)

There are only 8 pumpkins to cut out (24 total pieces)....but there are tons of CVC combinations that can be made with those pieces!!  I had to be careful which letters I used....didn't want any kids sounding out inappropriate words after all!

There are also two recording sheets included so students can write down the words they created under the correct heading "real" or "nonsense."

Hope your kids enjoy this activity!  Click here to download it for FREE.


  1. I love you pumpkins - both the colour scheme and the open endedness of it. Let the creative minds loose.

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  2. I love this! Thank you! I'm your newest follower and am linked up, too!
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  3. I am really excited about the pumpkins. I'm in my first year teaching and am very overwhelmed by the differential of abilities in my classroom. The pumpkins will be great for my word work station.