This week for Discover & Explore we are exploring pumpkins! Since by now it’s obvious that I’m a certified fallaholic, I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you in the least that I am super excited about this theme. Even though the fall fairies haven’t officially arrived here yet (our trees are still bright green), the stores have started stocking colorful fall produce so we happily allowed the twins to pick out a basket of small pumpkins and gourds at our local market. I’m having fun thinking of simple invitations incorporating the pumpkins since the kiddos are entranced by the variety of colors and textures.
The inspiration for this invitation came from the beautiful blog One Perfect Day. If you aren’t familiar with Ness’ amazing site, please hop over and visit! After seeing her post on creating a simple invitation to play with building blocks and foil, I thought it might be fun for the twins to discover a basketful of foil-wrapped pumpkins and gourds after nap.
Creating the invitation was very easy- I simply wrapped each pumpkin and gourd in a sheet of foil and then placed them together in a shallow basket. Next to the basket I placed a vintage tray stacked with more sheets of foil.
When the twins discovered the basket, they were incredibly excited! I love watching and listening as they dive into an invitation. I always learn so much about their cognitive development and their different personalities. While Will was all business, setting to work right away unwrapping the gourds, Sydney stopped often to engage in symbolic play. As you can see above, one of the gourds made a perfect telephone!
Will spent an ample amount of time commenting on the physical attributes of the pumpkins and arranging them in groups and patterns.
Once all the pumpkins were unwrapped and inspected, the twins began trying to use the extra sheets of foil to wrap them back up. Around this time Daddy came from work, so the wrapped pumpkins became “presents” for Daddy’s birthday. They even serenaded him with the Happy Birthday song!
This activity was quick and easy to set up and encouraged sensory exploration, language development, problem solving, early math (sorting and patterning), and imaginative play. Invitations and activities for your little ones do not have to be elaborate to be engaging and beneficial!
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