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Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin

By Melanie Fleury, edHelperBaby

What You Need
  • Orange Construction Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots (if you don't have glue dots, use a glue stick)


How to Prepare
           Cut your orange paper into pumpkin shapes and your black paper into triangles or circles for eyes, the same for noses, and whatever shapes you like for mouths. Put a little bit of glue or a few glue dots onto the back of each shape.


The Game
           Tape your pumpkin up to a window or wall. Hand your 2-year-old a shape and let him know what part of the pumpkin it is, " Here is a triangle for the pumpkin's eye". Allow them to place it where he pleases. You can complete as many pumpkins as you and your toddler want to do. Display the pumpkins for everyone to see.


What Your Toddler Learns
           Putting the shape on the pumpkin encourages the motor skills of your toddler. Beyond that, she is learning her shapes as you tell her what each one is, as well as the placement of body parts. It is a fun way to reinforce her knowledge of where her nose, mouth, and eyes are. You can also incorporate numbers by encouraging her to count her one nose, two eyes, and so on. Pointing out that the pumpkin is orange and the shapes are black also help with color recognition.


           Love it so much you want to play again and again? Use felt so that your toddler can pull off the shapes and put them back as needed. If you want him to learn exact placement of the parts, you can use Velcro on the backs of the shapes and on the area of the pumpkin where you want the shape attached.


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