Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Visit from The Pumpkin Snatchers

On Tuesday, my kiddos were beyond excited before they even got to our classroom. All around the school, children were seeing candy corns EVERYWHERE! As soon as my kiddos got to our classroom, they found a letter from the Pumpkin Snatchers.

The Pumpkin Snatchers told us that they love to eat certain letters. We needed to go and hunt for them around the school by following the candy corn trail they always leave behind. Before the hunt, we sang the song the Pumpkin Snatchers left kiddos love to sing even though their teacher cannot carry a tune AT ALL!!! :)

When we got back to the classroom, we saw that the Pumpkin Snatchers had come by and left us some goodies. We had the Pumpkin Snatchers game, several little pumpkins, and the recipe to make Pumpkin Slime.

We read the letter from the Pumpkin Snatchers again to help us remember that they only love to eat the letters in the word PUMPKINS. We sorted the letters they like and the ones that they dislike. After sorting the letter cards, we used the letters in the word PUMPKINS to spell different words. I am always amazed and the things my kiddos notice when we do different word study activities.

(sorry for the glare)

We practiced playing the game and investigating the letters the Pumpkin Snatchers ate. In the pumpkin container are the cards and the magnetic letters needed to spell the words. This game is great practice for isolating beginning, medial, and final ending sounds. My kiddos are dying to play this during Daily 5! :)

Finally, we made Pumpkin Slime using the recipe the Pumpkin Snatchers left us. Add some food coloring and some pumpkin pie spice and your kiddos will go crazy for this! :) 

We made several batches and they all turned out a little different but still oodles of fun! I didn't get a picture of the slime actually dripping from their hands but here is just a peek at what we did.

I think the Pumpkin Snatchers may be one of our favorite visitors this year! Hop over to my store to check it out!

Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy. I'll choose a winner tomorrow morning. :)

From My Heart to Yours,

29 heart notes:

Cherie said...

Oh this looks like a very fun pack for the kids!

Yvonnee said...

This looks like fun. I would love a copy. Thanks so much!

Paula Harrell said...

Such a fun and clever idea. My students would love this. I would love to win a copy of it. Thanks!

Learn + Play = PreK

Lori L said...

I love how you were able to make learning so fun for your class. I can see why this was such a big hit -- I know my class would really enjoy it as well. I would be thrilled to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.


Megan Horman said...

This is adorable. I would love to win this to do with my students. Thanks for the chance.

Nancy VandenBerge said...

Heather!!! Such a fun way to learn!! You are the best! I would love to do this with my littles!!

Mrs. Craighead said...

This is the best idea! Candy corn and pumpkins two of my FAVORITE things. I would be thrilled to win this.


Unknown said...

Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun! The unit looks great!
Karen Rowland
Adventures With Firsties

Jennifer Jenkins Vukosic said...

Love it! They must have been so engaged!! Always looking for fun learning opportunities.

Matt and Brynn Hodder said...

That looks like so much fun. What a great idea to reinforce so many skills!

Christy said...

Looks awesome! My Littles would love this :)


Mrs. Lofgren said...

Super cute!!! :) I would love to do this with my minders!


Chrissy said...

I would love this & so would my Kinders!

Southern Ladye said...

You have the cutest ideas about "visitors" in your room! What an adorable idea!


Unknown said...

too stinkin cute! great idea!

we just put some October freebies on our website! Come check it out!

Roxanne said...

My kiddos will love using this unit, especially my boys!!! It would great in assisting them with their spelling and CVC word building, which they could never get too much practice in :)

I would sure love a copy, thank you.
Take care and be good.

Libby Blake said...

I'm no longer "commanding" any troops in the school - retired after 30 years - but I now have a horde of grandchildren and they know when they come to Gramma's House, there's always a project. Love you idea with the candy corn: can be applied in so many ways. Thanks for your love of children.