October -- Week 4
Pumpkins & Orange

Ideal for
16 months -
2 1/2 years
CREATIVE
ACTIVITIES
SPECIAL TOYS & GAMES BIBLE LANGUAGE
MONDAY Mix Red & Yellow paint to make Orange. Paint a pretty picture. Toy Wash & Swap Recite:
"Jesus is with me always." Matthew 28:20

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Read
Jesus Won't Do Wrong,
page 91

Attention Getter:
Tell this story outside away from everything.


Sign Language:
Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Song (tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little pumpkin orange and round.
Here is my stem,
There is the ground.
When I get all cut up,
Don't you shout!
Just opne me up
And scoop me out!

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Flash Cards and/or Felt Shapes:

Letters: E, F

Numbers: 5

Color: Orange

Shape: Triangle

TUESDAY Christian Pumpkin: Color a paper plate orange. For each child prepare: 2 triangles (eyes), a cross (nose), a smile, and a stem. Glue pieces on orange plates. On the back, tape or glue a copy of this:
I am a Christian pumpkin. I have triangles for eyes, which have 3 sides. This helps me remember the 3 sides of God---the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. My nose is shaped like a cross—this is to help me remember that Jesus died on the cross for me. My smile helps me to remember that Jesus loves me and is always with me. I remember to share my smile with others, so that we all can share in God’s love!
Orange Day! Everyone wear orange, have oranges for breakfast, frost graham crackers with orange frosting, provide oranges for the children to explore and show them how to roll oranges to each other.
WEDNESDAY Teach all or some of this Jesus is Tempted Lesson and activities. Sing Be Careful Little Eyes.
THURSDAY Shave the Pumpkins. Put shaving cream on one or more pumpkins. Take turns "shaving" the pumpkin with craft sticks. Play Dress the Pumpkin Create a center with pumpkins for the little ones to dress. Draw a face on the pumpkin, then provide stocking caps and other hats, mufflers, etc.
FRIDAY Explore Pumpkins. Fill one Ziploc baggie with canned pumpkin and one with fresh, cut pumpkin. Tape shut. Let the children expore. Play Hide the Pumpkins. Hide small pumpkins inside or outside. Let the children take their finds home.
SNACKS & ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES
Snacks:

Mandrin oranges

Pumpkin Pie

Tangerines

Carrots

Orange Juice

Orange Sherbert

Read The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
OR
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.

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Make an Orange Collage using bits of orange tissue paper, orange fun foam, orange yarn, orange stickers, color with orange crayons and markers, etc.

Paint with pieces of pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Prayer

Dear Jesus, You made our pumpkins light, So we could have fun on trick or treat night, Scary things I do not fear, Because I have Jesus right down here (point to your heart), A-men.

Roast Pumpkin Seeds

1 quart water
2 Tablespoons salt
2 cups pumpkin seeds
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 250°F. Pick through seeds and remove any cut seeds and as much of the stringy fibers as possible. Bring the water and salt to a boil. Add the seeds and boil for 10 minutes. Drain, spread on kitchen towel or paper towel and pat dry. Place the seeds in a bowl and toss with oil. Spread evenly on a large cookie sheet or roasting pan. Place pan in a preheated oven and roast the seeds for 30 to 40 minutes. Stir about every 10 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Cool the seeds, then shell and eat or pack in air-tight containers and refrigerate until ready to eat. Yield 2 cups.

Mr. Pumpkin (Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)

Mr. Pumpkin,
Mr. Pumpkin,
Round a fat.
Round and fat.
Harvesttime is coming.
Harvesttime is coming.
Yum, yum, yum.
That is that

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