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.
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.
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.
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).
I 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.
Our 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.
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