Turn pumpkins into characters by letting each child decorate the pumpkin to look like a person.
You could have a pumpkin daddy, mommy, and baby or superhero, princess, and alien.
I suggest staying away from popular TV characters to obtain more novel, imaginative language. Use the pumpkins all month long to create characters, stories, and work on narrative skills and memory/story recall.
Help the pumpkins act out the stories and converse to improve social skills such as eye contact, turn-taking, and topic maintenance.
You might even have a pumpkin dance!
Preposition pumpkins are one of my favorite pumpkin activities.
Here is a video of me and my daughter (circa 2011) in the pre-linguistic stage learning prepositions.
It’s also a good example of how to teach and play with a child who is not talking yet.
Demonstrate each preposition with the pumpkin using your surroundings and see if the child can copy you.
Then check for understanding by having the child place the pumpkin in the correct place for each preposition. Then let the child be the teacher and tell you where to put the pumpkin. This allows him/her to practice using prepositions in speech.
Pumpkin Bowling! Can’t forget this one. I like to use 10 water bottles and tape a target word for articulation or language to each one.
Set the bottles up in the bowling triangle and let the games begin! Or use a bowling set like this one all throughout the year and just change the words out.
Have the child roll or "hurl" a pumpkin down the floor at the bottles and then say each word that is knocked down and set the bottles back up to do it again.
Finally celebrate Thanksgiving with a Pumpkin Turkey and teach the important social skill of gratitude!
Cut out colored paper feathers and write something you are thankful for on each one. Stick them in the pumpkin with toothpicks and add googley eyes. Walah! One fat, grateful turkey and many grateful, proud children.
You could have each of your students do one feather while building knowledge around Thanksgiving and then stick all of the feathers in one large pumpkin to watch over your room.
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