Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Have You Seen the Pumpkin Elf?

 OK, so there is really no 'Pumkin Elf,' but I wanted to add some festive interest to our outdoor time in the late mornings...  I thought it would be fun to hide mini pumpkins around our play area - in the branches, under some large rocks, in the wonderful little nooks that nature creates... and see what would happen. 

To the delight of my bewildered, yet laughing students, the pumpkins were quickly discovered and became wonderful invitations to creative play:

They were gathered...
...and counted.
Some were buried under  mounds of dirt...
...while others were placed in "pumpkin houses."
We were surprised to see that some crows had already been feasting on these treasured finds and talked about what is inside of pumpkins.  Also, we decided to leave them outside so that we can play with them some more and have the chance to observe changes over time...

By the way, I am not planning on telling them who left the pumpkins - I want their imaginations to do part!

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  1. I think it is a fantastic idea about the pumpkin elf!!


  2. What a great idea, how fun to put out a bunch of tiny pumpkins to find!

  3. Oh I only wish we could get little pumpkins like that! But as they are a realtively mew thing to Ireland I'll just be greatful that we have any at all :)

  4. What an awesome idea, Sasha! I love the creativity you use in your school. Lucky children! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

  5. What a cute idea! I think we should all do that this week :)

  6. Thanks for all of the comments! I am glad to share and hope that you'll have time to hide some pumpkins too! The children are having a blast playing with them. And they just look so beautiful amongst the fallen leaves!

  7. Never heard of doing a Pumpkin Elf - looks like fun!
    I'd love for you to come link up at my Linky Party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/10/linky-party-3.html

  8. Thank you! I also look forward to visiting your blog - thanks for the Linky invite!