Explore the Sense of Touch with Preschoolers Using Pumpkins

As fall and the Thanksgiving season draws to a close, I had one more pumpkin post to share with you. I’m actually totally delayed on it, since we did it at the very end of October, but with all of our moving and lack of internet, it got pushed back further than I wanted. Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun exploring the sense of touch with preschoolers using pumpkins.

Teaching texture words with pumpkins

My sweet nephew celebrated his 4th birthday at the end of October, so we went to the pumpkin farm near us to celebrate. The farm has tons of activities for the kids to enjoy. The slides and hayride were the biggest hits with our kids.

While we were waiting for the rest of the extended family to arrive, I needed to keep Shiloh busy, so we walked over to a huge display of pumpkins and began exploring them.

First of all, we’ve been overseas for Shiloh’s entire life, so she had never seen so many pumpkins before. She was amazed! Thousands of pumpkins strewn all over the farm.

I have always loved the different varieties of pumpkins (squash for those who want to get technical). Some sweet for pie and others great for a veggie at dinner. All of them have their own unique characteristics that create a wonderful opportunity to learn new words for Shiloh.

While we could have talked about size or color which would have been great words for Shiloh to work on, I saw the pumpkins pictured above first and we (as in me…) began to talk about how rough the pumpkins were. I had never seen that kind of a pumpkin before & it’s so much fun to learn new things as I teach my little ones!

Then we moved on to these pumpkins which were smooth. You could also talk about the beautiful stripes that these squash have, but with Shiloh I find it best to concentrate on one kind of word at a time.

gourds

Then we found another container with bumpy pumpkins.

bumpy gourds

We loved these pumpkins with the little knobs on them. We also described these as bumpy, but I was able to tell her that they were big bumps.

pumpkins and gourds

We also saw the ever-famous fairytale pumpkins, which were a fantastic combination of smooth and bumpy with their deep lines.


fairytale pumpkins

This was such an easy activity and it kept her busy and out of trouble while we waited for the birthday party to start. You could do the same kind of activity on a trip to the grocery store or buy one of each pumpkin to have at home for further exploration.

I’d love to hear your ideas for using pumpkins to teach language skills. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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