We just love a fun pumpkin activity!
Even better? Add the pumpkin activity with getting outside and sharing some laughs to make it a true winner!
This fall activity for kids is a blast. Let’s get started!
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Balancing the pumpkins isn’t easy, but it is a hoot trying.
It was the perfect fall day.
A day where we were still in shorts but also felt a light breeze in the air. It was time to get outside. Myself included.
I had mini pumpkins that we’ve had for weeks just about ready to decompose. So before tossing them aside, we added them to our heads for a fun balancing game!
We’ve done a few pumpkin activities this fall!
It is the end of October, and we are 31 days deep in pumpkin activities combined with Halloween ideas for kids.
See that? I wasn’t kidding when I said pumpkin activities had been our jam this season! We can’t get enough.
We took the pumpkins outside for a fun balancing game.
Behind the scenes, the boys are also working on balance.
Did you know that practicing balance contributes to reading?
The vestibular system is the sensory system that contributes to balance and spatial orientation. Signals to the vestibular system project to learning or adaptation areas of your brain. Balance practice greatly to reading eye movements, eye-hand coordination, balance, motor planning, etc. – Interesting, right?!
Pumpkin balance is a fun way to walk a straight line to strengthen the vestibular and sensory system.
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Setting up is simple.
Place a line for each child from one end of the driveway to the other. We used orange duct tape, and you can also use chalk. The idea is to get a straight walking path from one side to the other.
Next, line up your pumpkins and place a dropping bin on the other side.
Show your child how to place the pumpkin on your head and how you carefully look straight and walk it across. Looking down causes the pumpkin to fall off.
Balancing may be a tricky task for kids. In that case, try playing together as a family. Sooner or later everyone will join in the pumpkin activity!
After a few rounds, the pumpkin activity switched over to pumpkin bowling.
And I think the boys were on to something!
Like the balance game, the boys held a steady hand, trying to get the pumpkin down the line to make it to the other side. They were engaged and learning some key science concepts through play.
The pumpkins were about to decompose, so it was a great way to keep the gross motor play going without worrying much about my fall decor.