Monday, October 7, 2013

Our Pumpkin Patch Play

We have a field trip planned to the real pumpkin patch this week so in preparation for it we set up a pretend pumpkin patch.  I decided to only use real pumpkins this year so the children could have authentic experiences with the texture and weight of each one.
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The children have been buying and selling pumpkins to each other and to the grown ups.  Taking on the roles of seller and buyer, sometimes at the same time.
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Their number play has included money, pricing, weighing and using the cash register.
 As well as recognizing the numerals on the cash machine.

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Harvesting the pumpkins and restocking is a job that needs to be done at the
pumpkin patch before the next customers arrives.

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Having paper and pencil available allows a child to document her own learning. 
She is drawing a picture of her pumpkin.  It has become a sign on the side of the
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It also helps put her learning in to practice.  She’s printing numbers and
letters after using the cash register.

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And keeping lists, just like they see adults do.