Pumpking BINGO

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I really think some of the best learning happens when they have no idea that’s what they’re doing! Yesterday we played pumpkin BINGO and had a blast- they didn’t know it but while playing they were also practicing color and shape recognition! Not to mention they practiced fine motor skills and problem solving as we put the game together! This activity is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners too!

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It’s a simple print and play activity with very minimal prep! Grab the scissors and glue, add a little candy corn and you’re all set! Here’s how to play:

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Start by cutting out the pumpkin shapes. Then let your littles have fun covering the BINGO grid and gluing down the pumpkins. This makes each board an individual card with varying possibilities for winning the game. Now, the real fun begins! I added an extra set of pumpkin shapes to a mason jar so I could pull from them to call out pumpkin shapes.

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The girls had a great time covering the shapes they had with candy corns and go SO excited when they could call out BINGO! This BINGO grid is intentionally smaller than an average board. The frustration ceiling for preschoolers is typically lower than a 5x5 grid so I simplified it as they learn the game. As they grow we’ll try bigger boards. To win BINGO all they had to do was get one straight line. Simple and easy enough to win while keeping them engaged and learning!

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You’ll find this activity and so many more pumpkin themed play and learn fun in this month’s calendar. Click the button below to find out more!

10 Pumpkin Books Perfect for October

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Hello October and Hello EVERYTHING pumpkin themed! I am 100% guilty of pumpkin craze and I fully support it in our home! From piles of mini pumpkins and a big ol’ giant pumpkin at the front porch we are pumpkin happy over here! It’s also no secret that we LOVE a good picture book! :) So today I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite pumpkin books! I borrowed all of these from the library but I do have a treasury of my own pumpkin books too (they’re just in storage somewhere after our move last year.) Ok, so lets start from the top:

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The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

She’s my number one, go-to author for most things non fiction! I love Gail Gibbons Pumpkin Book and my littles do to! The brightly coloring illustrations and pages filled with great facts, history, and fun ideas are perfect for inquisitive little minds!

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Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

I love this story because it does a perfect job transitioning from all the apple fun in September to the pumpkin play in October! Its also a great story about family time together too!

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How BIG Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor

Travel across the country with the imaginative pumpkin story! From rocketship pumpkins in Florida to hot air balloon pumpkins in New Mexico this book is bursting with creativity! This book is a lot of fun to read and the pictures really spark the imagination!

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Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

I love this book to go along with our studies on the pumpkin life cycle! It’s perfect for littles because it’s not full of a lot of words but it has great pictures and perfectly tells the story from seed to pumpkin! The pencil illustrations are pretty great too!

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The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever! by Steven Kroll

Anyone else love mouse stories? What is it about them that’s just so sweet and endearing in a picture book? Anyway, this story is a precious tale of two mice caring for a pumpkin with high hopes of enjoying their growing treasure!

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Plumpy, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo

Peter the tiger is on a hunt for the perfect pumpkin! This would be a great story to accompany a trip to the pumpkin patch! The sing-song, rhythm and rhyme in this song is so much fun! It’s a short but sweet story with bright colorful pictures! Great for little ones as well as school age little too!

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The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting

Y’all know I LOVE a good Fall Fair! :) So naturally this story was a favorite! Sadie bug keeps asking me to read it again and again. I think it’s the fair loving heart inside her too! This cute story tells about a fantastic pumpkin fair complete with pumpkin patch, pumpkin music, pumpkin games and ends with a wonderful display of pumpkin carved faces! The story bounces along the a rhythm with rhyme making it just SO much fun!

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The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler

This story is a Fall companion to the winter story, The Biggest Best Snowman (which I’m a big fan of too!) I love that this story reminds us that little people can do big things too! Little Nell feels small compared to her big sisters but her forest friends work together to remind her that she’s got great ideas and can do wonderful things! Little Nell’s sweet mama loves on her little girl and the big sisters come around in the end.

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See It Grow Pumpkins by Jackie Lee

Non fiction is a big favorite over here! The See It Grow series doesn’t disappoint. It’s a book perfect sized for little hands. The real life photographs are engaging and the facts are presented so that little ones can grasp them and enjoy learning!

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Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Rebeca Estelle is a funny lady who does not like pumpkins at all because of a season where they were the only option she had to eat. When a pumpkin truck drops a pumpkin surprise Rebeca Estelle finds herself face to face with the produce she despises most! This story suits better for readers who can listen a little longer but it’s a good one and worth the time. It teaches a good message too and I always like that! :)

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Back to Fresh: Collard Quiche

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Wow, I can’t begin to tell you how amazing these smelled yesterday afternoon! And better yet how easy they were to whip up! If you’ve been following along lately you know I’m on the hunt for great ways to plug in greens to our daily menu. The kick off of a new school year seemed like the perfect time to get into good habits!

Enter these gorgeous greens! So beautiful and so good for us too! However, my crew can be picky- like most toddlers and preschoolers so I got creative and enlisted the help of Nature’s Greens super simple, ready to use Fresh Greens. I L-O-V-E the simplicity of just opening the bag and having ready to use veggies at the drop of a hat!

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This week I tried my hand at mini homemade quiches. Little people love little things don’t they?! They eat them right up! (no pun intended- haha!) This recipe only requires a couple ingredients and to make life easier- because moms are all about keeping it simple- I used a pre- made pastry sheet for the crust.

This recipe is also perfect for inviting your little ones to join you in the kitchen. Some of our sweetest memories have been made around the kitchen table or up at the kitchen counter. You’ll use a cup/glass slightly larger than your muffin tin opening to cut out circles. Then very gently press them into the muffin tin cups. Next you’ll layer in the ingredients, pour over the egg mixture, and top with a little extra cheese.

They only need to bake for about 20-22 minutes but in that brief passage of time your house will fill with the most delicious aroma. Awakening the senses and hunger in your littles! They’ll be so excited to try this yummy treat they won’t give a second thought to those sometimes challenging greens!

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AND they store well so you can easily double the recipe and toss a few in the fridge or freezer for busy mornings on the go! I’ve even caught my husband grabbing a quiche or two on his way out the door too! :) They’re really irresistible!

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To top it off I’m sharing another set of free printables along with this week’s recipe card! Click the button below to get the recipe, a sweet game, AND lunch box riddles to brighten your little’s day!

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Our Favorite Apple Books

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This is such a sweet little story. Apple Farmer Annie owns her own apple business and we read about her daily adventures preparing to set up at the market and selling her apple goods! The colorful illustrations and recipe for apple treats at the end of the book make it extra special!

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I LOVE this story! It’s about a precious family on an apple picking adventure. It’s includes lots of non-fiction facts, activity ideas, an applesauce recipe, a poem and a song too!

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This one is definitely a classic! Hilarious counting fun and how great is it to repeat

“fiddle-dee-fee!” haha!

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This cute trio try balancing a stack of apples on each of their heads! They pile up 10 and try their best to protect them from all kinds of funny challenges until a collision and everyone ends up sharing apples piled up together!

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We really enjoyed this book because it does a great job of showing numbers, number value along with a cute, easy to read story. Perfect for reading to littles who stay captured for shorter lengths of time.

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This story does a great job of sharing the cycle of life in an apple tree. It covers seasons beyond just the Fall- what the apple tree looks like and does in the Winter, Spring, and Summer too!

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This story of a little goat ends with a sweet surprise. His apple snacking turns out to be an exciting solution to a problem he didn’t know he had!

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Little fox is on the hunt for mysteriously missing apples! He discovers his thoughtful friends collected the apples to celebrate Little Fox in a surprise party!

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This one was another favorite! We LOVED the cut out shapes to make new images with each turn of the page. It’s bright, colorful, but simple and fun! It’s a perfect story to pair with shape study and the cycle of life for an apple tree and it’s inhabitants! It’s sure to be a hit!

Have another apple story you and your littles enjoy? I’d love to hear all the suggestions! Send them our way! And if you’re looking for some activities to go with those great books I have just the thing for you! Be sure to check out the All About Apples Play and Learn Calendar available on my resource page!

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Ten Red Apples: Homemade Applesauce

One of my most favorite places to teach my littles is in our kitchen. This morning after we read our story Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchinson we counted out 10 red apples on the kitchen counter and placed each one through our apple peeler/corer/slicer.

We followed Pioneer Woman's super simple homemade applesauce recipe. All you'll need is a bunch of apples, apple juice, a lemon, brown sugar, and cinnamon. 

Before I turned the burner on I put the pot on the stove and MJ climbed up on a chair beside me. She counted the handfuls of apples as she dumped them in. Then she felt so big pouring the apple juice into the pot as well. 

 

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I turned the burner on medium heat and 20 minutes later not only did our home smell deliciously wonderful but the apples were ready to be blended up. The applesauce turned out perfect and was baby bug approved!

The skills we practiced today were: concepts of print, literacy, numeracy, measuring, life skills, kitchen safety

Hello September

And just like that August 2016 is in the books. What sweet month! Looking ahead September promises to be just as much if not even more exciting! Don't you just love the beginning of a new month? The fresh start to anything is always exciting. I love making new goals, new plans, and starting afresh with ideas that maybe waned in the previous month. 

I put together a simple little calendar to keep track of our family activities, appointments, etc. I thought maybe you might enjoy it too. I put the free printable on my resource page or you can click on the picture get the download. Enjoy!