Fun at Your Own Pumpkin Patch

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pumpkin patch speech therapy ideasThere is something special about going to a pumpkin patch on a beautiful autumn day. Many children have never experienced this, so why not recreate it in your speech and language session? Send messages home to parents to see if they would be willing to donate small pumpkins or a few dollars to get their child their own. At the same time, ask multilingual families if they have specific traditions that they would like to share related to pumpkins. It’s the perfect time for them to share family experiences and traditions.

Prepare for your pumpkin patch by getting a long row of brown paper to be the ground. Then add in vines and leaves onto the paper to make it look authentic. Once you have your pumpkins, place them onto the patch and leave them until the kids arrive. If you are able to get small pie pumpkins, they are perfect for this activity. If not, craft stores often sell inexpensive plastic pumpkins that will last longer and give kids something they can take home.

Ask students if they have ever been to a pumpkin patch. What is the process for picking a pumpkin? Do they look for the biggest one or one that is perfectly round? How many pumpkins do they usually get and where do they display them at home? Take time to talk about all of their different traditions related to pumpkins. When finished, go through the steps for picking a pumpkin and then head to your pumpkin patch in the room. Talk through picking their favorite pumpkin one at a time. Talk about whether their families carve pumpkin or decorate them in another way.

Carving pumpkins is not something to do during a session, so kids will be creating pumpkin faces. Bring all of the pumpkins to an area with art supplies. Use markers, stickers, and other craft supplies available to create a pumpkin face. Paint also works well, but it is very messy and you have to factor in drying time. When the pumpkin faces are complete, make a circle and go around introducing each of the new pumpkins. What are the similarities and note differences between each of the ones made?  Post additional questions based on the needs of the students and the goals they are working on. When all of the pumpkins are finished being on display, they may go home.
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