Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Living and Learning: The Pumpkin in the Jar
This week our story was a story from the Philippines: The Pumpkin in the Jar. In the story a king meets a girl and challenges her to get a large pumpkin into a small jar. A few months later she returns with a pumpkin inside the jar. My kids were completely baffled as to how this could happen. It took a lot of thinking to get to the idea of growing the pumpkin inside the jar.
To follow along with the pumpkin theme, we painted pumpkins using potato stamps, and painted faces on to make jack-o-lanterns. This was a great exercise in recognizing emotion, and showing emotion on the faces.
As part of our seeds exploration, we explored the inside of pumpkins. There is nothing quite like the texture of the inside of a pumpkin. We then cooked the pumpkin and made pumpkin mousse (sorry no photos). This was a pumpkin from our children's garden, so Hadley and Finley were thrilled to use it.
The day of our first frost we collected the final pumpkins from the garden. There is nothing like the bright orange of a pumpkin on a cold morning!
Other weekly stories and activities:
Golden Hair and the Three Bears
The City Mouse and The Country Mouse
Johnny and the Three Goats
3 Billy Goats Gruff
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Wasted Oak Leaf
Here are some great pumpkin links:
A Sweet Little Knit Pumpkin
This Pinterest Board has some great ideas
Felt Jack-o-lantern with changable face
I shared at Hip Homeschool Hop, Seasons of Joy
and Autumn Blog Hop