Pumpkin Themed Sensory Invitation to Play - My Nearest And Dearest

Pumpkin Themed Sensory Invitation to Play

Welcome to Day #2 of our Fall Invitation to Play Series. My blogging pals Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy, Jessica from Play Trains!, Shaunna from Fantastic Fun and Learning, Stephanie from Twodaloo and I got a great response to our first set of posts yesterday. We’re excited to share more ideas for engaging young children with invitations to play.

Fall Invitations to Play Series:

  1. Cinnamon Maple Salt Tray

Today’s post details the fun we had with a pumpkin themed sensory invitation to play. It was a feast for the senses that inspired plenty of pretend play.

Pumpkin Themed Sensory Invitation to Play from My Nearest and Dearest.

With fall just around the corner I’ve been trying to squeeze as much outdoor water play into our days as I possibly can. Soon it will be too cold to get wet outside. Sooner than I’d like, perhaps. I wound up using warm water from the house for this activity due to the chilly weather on the morning I set it up.

This activity is completely open-ended. I used pumpkin themed items but gave the kids no specific instructions and I really didn’t have a particular outcome in mind. I am happy to report that the wee ones (ages 2.5 and 3) kept themselves busy with this for a large portion of the morning. They also came back to it off and on in the afternoon.

Pumpkin Sensory Water Play from My Nearest and Dearest

We played with:

  • warm water colored orange with food coloring
  • 3 mason jars filled with orange water
  • 3 small pumpkins
  • orange craft pom poms of various sizes
  • orange and green acrylic mini pumpkins (Dollarama)
  • sparkly foam pumpkins (Dollarama)
  • shakers of pumpkin pie spice mixed with salt (the salt was simply so that the kids could have lots of seasoning to play with).

Pumpkin sensory activity from My Nearest and DearestI laughed when I saw the photo above. I thought I was capturing the action at the big container, which I was, but I also snapped our little pal in the background smelling the pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin sensory water bin from My Nearest and DearestOur deck was a whirlwind of activity. There was pouring, and sprinkling, and mixing, and scooping. Hands in the water. Sleeves in the water. Pumpkin pie spice on faces. Lots of talk of pumpkin stew and pumpkin soup. Happy children. :)

Pumpkin themed fun at My Nearest and Dearest


Pumpkin themed sensory activity with real and fake pumpkins, colored water, pumpkin pie spice and more. From My Nearest and Dearest.


Water based pumpkin sensory activity at My Nearest and Dearest

pumpkin soup pretend play at My Nearest and Dearest

Outdoor pumpkin themed water fun at My Nearest and Dearest

Foam craft pumpkins and water

To see what my series partners are sharing today, please click the following links:

Decorate Pinecones for Fall by Buggy and Buddy

Fall Play Dough by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Glowing Discovery Bottles by Play Trains

Create a Fall Forest by Twodaloo

Thanks for reading!


UPDATE: Find all 25 activities and crafts from this series here: 25 Fall Invitations to Play.

25 Fall Invitations to Play Series. Inspiration for open-ended play from 5 kid bloggers.


  1. Sue Lively
    • Ann
  2. Gail Lindsay
    • Ann
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Kierna
  5. Emma
  6. Sarah @ How Wee Learn
    • Ann
  7. chelsey @ buggy and buddy
  8. Rick
    • Ann
  9. Asia Citro
    • Ann

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