The Preschool 2 children have been exploring pumpkins and squash

The children In Preschool 2 have been exploring pumpkins and squash. We have been looking at the textures and different sizes and colours of the vegetables. We carefully removed the top and the children had to guess what they thought would be inside then they put their hands inside to feel it.  We talked about where these vegetables come from and how they grow. We have been examining the flesh inside the pumpkins and also counting how many seeds. Some of the children talked about their experiences when going to a farm or shop and picking a pumpkin to display at Halloween.

We painted the outside of the pumpkins beautiful shades of greens, blues and reds, then the children washed off the paint and started over again using different colours.  We then used the pumpkins within a cutting activity where lots of string was wrapped around the pumpkins and the children had to help the dinosaurs break free!


EYFS links:

Exploring and using media and materials; Explores colour and how colours can be changed; Realises tools can be used for a purpose.

Expressive art and design: Beginning to be interested in and describing the textures of things

The world: Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects; Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world, such as the place where they live or the natural world.

Moving and handling: Uses one handed tools and equipment

Shape, space and measure: Beginning to talk about the shapes of everyday objects; Shows an interest in shape by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects