Sweet B is on a field trip to a pumpkin patch and while I would have loved to have joined her- outdoor places like farms and pumpkin patches and I, just don’t get along. Even with my allergy meds, sometimes I just can’t win. So, instead of joining her, Squeaker and I are partaking in some at-home pumpkin play. Here are just two of the activities that we’re doing for our pumpkin play for babies ideas.
These are both sensory experiences as I want Squeaker to get a lot of hands-on play with different textures, smells, and tastes.
Pumpkin Play for Babies: Cloud Dough
First, we used a cloud dough recipe found at Lemon Lime Adventures, though our ingredient list is slightly different.
As you can see, here’s what’s going into our cloud dough, though it didn’t turn out orange like I had hoped, it was still a lot of fun for Squeaker to play with.
She was a little hesitant at first, but eventually she got her hands in there.
Pumpkin Play for Babies: Canned Pumpkin
Squeaker had a lot more fun with the canned pumpkin. It’s about the same consistency as her baby food, and since she’s normally not allowed to play with that, I think she had a lot of fun with this. We always keep a lot of canned pumpkin on hand for pies and bread anyway, so we’ll be making a pumpkin bread later on today (post to follow sometime today or tomorrow). Next time around, I think we’ll try to make our own mashed pumpkin.
She did a lot of smashing the canned pumpkin on her tray, and then squishing it in her hands.
And she just couldn’t resist trying a bit of pumpkin
Pumpkin Play for Babies: Other Ideas
Other ideas, that we didn’t get to yet, include:
1. Playing with actual pumpkins. You can find pumpkins of all sizes at farms, pumpkin patches, and the local grocery stores. Talk about the shape, the weight, the texture, etc.
2. Reading books about pumpkins. Another fun, and easy way, to have pumpkin play for babies is to read books about pumpkins. Talk about the book, if it’s touch and feel- interact with your baby while you read the book. If you’re looking for some suggestions, be sure to check out: Pumpkin Books for Kids, here on Just Another Mom.
3. Visit a pumpkin patch. Depending on where you live, visiting a pumpkin patch could be a great field trip and sensory experience. Aside from looking for pumpkins, there’s so much going on! You could talk about the weather, the colors, and the smells.
4. Fingerpaint a pumpkin. If you have a smaller pumpkin that’s easier for baby to handle, try fingerpainting. Yes it can be messy, but fingerpainting is such a fun sensory experience.
5. Paint with pumpkins. Likewise, you could try painting with a pumpkin.