Well, we are back from Florida/Disney World and it has officially taken us over a week to fully recover!
Phew! We had an awesome vacation and I will post about it very soon.
But for now, I wanted to share a really fun lesson we did this week that is still being taken out (in fact, as I speak on a Saturday morning) and being worked on.
Can I just preface this post by proclaiming my love for pumpkins! I love carving pumpkins, I love painting pumpkins, I love looking at different shaped and sized pumpkins and analyzing their beautiful markings and characteristics.
I love pumpkin seeds, I love pumpkin pie, I love pumpkin spice lattes, I love pumpkin candles! The list is endless!
Fall is such a fun season, but growing up in South Florida, I didn’t really have the opportunity to appreciate fall, because Florida…well, doesn’t really have a fall.
I’ve been living in Michigan for 8 years now, and I can finally say for the first year ever, that I am loving fall!
The weather, the smells, the falling leaves, the PUMPKINS! Yummy!!!
(Southern people everywhere have just disowned this warm-weather native girl)
I bought this cute little pumpkin at the grocery store. I don’t know if other people have seen these in the past, but I was a little shocked when I saw an already painted pumpkin at the grocery store!
Isn’t that cheating?
That’s like buying a large bag of fun-sized snickers at Walmart, pouring them into a pillowcase, and saying you went trick or treating!
But alas, I bought him.
Why? Well, because I know my child better than anyone else in this world. And if there’s one thing he couldn’t give two pennies for, it’s painting.
Or drawing. Or stamping. Or anything else that uses that wonderfully, creative side of his brain.
Sad day for this craftaholic mommy.
We cut the head off our cute little pumpkin (Judah said we gave him a hat). And then we gutted him. And just when you think your kid will love something, ie. sticking his hand inside a gooey pumpkin and pulling all the guts out, he surprises you and won’t even touch it. Sigh.
So…allow me to rephrase. Mommy gutted the pumpkin.
We separated the seeds, washed them in a colander, and laid them out to dry for our afternoon lesson: baking pumpkin seeds, of course.
I purchased this cute little mini-hammer (it kinda makes me happy!) and a pair of safety goggles. We found some smaller nails in the garage and went to town!
It only took a couple nails for him to get the hang of it, and before I knew it he was a hammering pro!
Pretty soon, we were getting creative about our placement; making shapes, swirlies, letters – anything we could think of.
The result was a little difficult to capture on my camera (especially since I took these pictures at 10:00 in the morning inside my hall closet with the door closed).
You’re welcome for that visual.
But, I’m sure you get the idea.
It was a great way to say “Welcome Fall” in our house, and it was also a perfect reason for mommy to buy a pumpkin 6 weeks before Halloween.
Win, win folks!
I’m sure you could do this lesson with plenty of other items.
Say…oh, I don’t know…a piece of wood!?
But what fun is that?!